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disinfectant

noun dis·in·fec·tant \-ˈfek-tənt\

: a chemical substance that is used to kill harmful germs and bacteria : a substance that disinfects something

Full Definition of DISINFECTANT

:  an agent that frees from infection; especially :  a chemical that destroys vegetative forms of harmful microorganisms (as bacteria and fungi) especially on inanimate objects but that may be less effective in destroying spores

Examples of DISINFECTANT

  1. They use a strong disinfectant on the medical equipment.
  2. Clean the area with disinfectant.

First Known Use of DISINFECTANT

1837

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