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disinfect

[dis-in-fekt] /ˌdɪs ɪnˈfɛkt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to cleanse (rooms, wounds, clothing, etc.) of infection; destroy disease germs in.
Origin
1590-1600
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
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  • 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

disinfect

/ˌdɪsɪnˈfɛkt/
verb
1.
(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
v.

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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