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[dis-in-fekt] /ˌdɪs ɪnˈfɛkt/
verb (used with object)
to cleanse (rooms, wounds, clothing, etc.) of infection; destroy disease germs in.
Origin of disinfect
1590-1600; < Middle French desinfecter, equivalent to des- dis-1 + infecter to infect
Related forms
disinfection, noun
disinfective, adjective
disinfector, noun
redisinfect, verb (used with object)
undisinfected, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disinfect
  • People with any brains periodically clean and disinfect their sinks.
  • If you decide to keep the carpeting, hire a licensed carpet cleaning company to steam clean and disinfect the carpet.
  • Most treatment processes are simply designed to disinfect the water.
  • Let's track and disinfect all asteroids that threaten to land elsewhere.
  • If you have an object that you can move outside, the sun's rays can help disinfect it.
  • They also plan to disinfect and make repairs on their own facilities for the day when they can restock their land.
  • Also, disinfect your humidifier to stop the spread of mold or bacteria in the air.
  • And they certainly are spread by buying used mattresses where the vendors want a quick profit and dont disinfect properly.
  • Especially in hot climates, where meat spoils quickly, people traditionally use spices to disinfect their food.
  • So in reality, these so-called bailouts infect the other countries rather than disinfect them.
British Dictionary definitions for disinfect


(transitive) to rid of microorganisms potentially harmful to man, esp by chemical means
Derived Forms
disinfection, noun
disinfector, noun
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Word Origin and History for disinfect

1590s, perhaps from French désinfecter (16c.), or formed in English from dis- + infect. Related: Disinfected; disinfecting.

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disinfect in Medicine

disinfect dis·in·fect (dĭs'ĭn-fěkt')
v. dis·in·fect·ed, dis·in·fect·ing, dis·in·fects
To cleanse something so as to destroy or prevent the growth of disease-carrying microorganisms.

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