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disinfect

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verb dis·in·fect \ˌdis-in-ˈfekt\

Simple Definition of disinfect

  • : to clean (something) especially by using a chemical substance that kills all germs and bacteria

  • computers : to remove a virus from (a computer) by using a special program

Full Definition of disinfect

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to free from infection especially by destroying harmful microorganisms; broadly :  cleanse

dis·in·fec·tion play \-ˈfek-shən\ noun

Examples of disinfect

  1. Chemicals were added to disinfect the water.

  2. The wound needs to be disinfected.



Origin of disinfect

Middle French desinfecter, from des- dis- + infecter to infect


First Known Use: 1598


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disinfect

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transitive verb dis·in·fect \ˌdis-ən-ˈfekt\

Medical Definition of disinfect

  1. :  to free from infection especially by destroying harmful microorganisms

  2. dis·in·fec·tion \-ˈfek-shən\play noun




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