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antibacterial

[an-tee-bak-teer-ee-uh l, an-tahy-] /ˌæn ti bækˈtɪər i əl, ˌæn taɪ-/
adjective
1.
destructive to or inhibiting the growth of bacteria.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; anti- + bacterial
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Examples for antibacterial
  • Never leave home without antibacterial wipes, sunblock, and flip-flops.
  • Half of a group of participants wiped their hands and a computer keyboard they were using with antibacterial wipes.
  • Their presence appears to stimulate wound healing as well as offer an antibacterial effect to infected skin.
  • Organisms resistant to antibacterial agents have been found on meat and meat products.
  • In case you needed another reason not to buy antibacterial hand sanitizers and soap.
  • In a new approach, cultured skin cells are genetically modified to produce higher levels of an antibacterial protein.
  • Use antibacterial soaps and gels and cleansers and such.
  • Bring a few basic medical supplies such as band-aids, antibacterial cream and anti-diarrhea medication.
  • It is metabolized and excreted so quickly that systemic antibacterial reactions are quite rare.
  • antibacterial soaps and antibiotics placed on the skin are of little help once a boil has formed.
British Dictionary definitions for antibacterial

antibacterial

/ˌæntɪbækˈtɪərɪəl/
adjective
1.
effective against bacteria
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antibacterial in Medicine

antibacterial an·ti·bac·te·ri·al (ān'tē-bāk-tǐr'ē-əl, ān'tī-)
adj.
Destroying or inhibiting the growth of bacteria.


an'ti·bac·te'ri·al n.
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