verb \ˌdis-in-ˈfekt\

: 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

transitive verb
:  to free from infection especially by destroying harmful microorganisms; broadly :  cleanse
dis·in·fec·tion \-ˈfek-shən\ noun

Examples of DISINFECT

  1. Chemicals were added to disinfect the water.
  2. The wound needs to be disinfected.


Middle French desinfecter, from des- dis- + infecter to infect
First Known Use: 1598


transitive verb \ˌdis-ən-ˈfekt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DISINFECT

: to free from infection especially by destroying harmful microorganisms
dis·in·fec·tion \-ˈfek-shən\ noun


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