a substance or preparation that inhibits the further growth of bacteria.

1915–20; bacterio- + -stat Unabridged
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bacteriostat (bækˈtɪərɪəʊˌstæt)
any substance that arrests the growth or reproduction of bacteria but does not kill them

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bacteriostat bac·te·ri·o·stat (bāk-tēr'ē-ə-stāt')
An agent, such as a chemical, that inhibits bacterial growth.

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Contains bacteriostat and other nonreactive ingredients.
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