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disinfectant

[dis-in-fek-tuh nt] /ˌdɪs ɪnˈfɛk tənt/
noun
1.
any chemical agent used chiefly on inanimate objects to destroy or inhibit the growth of harmful organisms.
adjective
2.
serving as a disinfectant.
Origin of disinfectant
1830-1840
1830-40; < French désinfectant, noun use of present participle of désinfecter, Middle French. See disinfect, -ant
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disinfectant

/ˌdɪsɪnˈfɛktənt/
noun
1.
an agent that destroys or inhibits the activity of microorganisms that cause disease
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Word Origin and History for disinfectant
n.

1837, from French désinfectant (1816), noun use of present participle of désinfecter (see disinfect). From 1875 as an adjective.

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disinfectant in Medicine

disinfectant dis·in·fec·tant (dĭs'ĭn-fěk'tənt)
n.
An agent, such as heat, radiation, or a chemical, that disinfects by destroying, neutralizing, or inhibiting the growth of disease-carrying microorganisms. adj.
Serving to disinfect.

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