antibacterial

adjective

an·​ti·​bac·​te·​ri·​al ˌan-tē-bak-ˈtir-ē-əl How to pronounce antibacterial (audio) ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antibacterial (audio)
: directed or effective against bacteria
antibacterial soap
an antibacterial drug
antibacterial noun
In an effort to develop new antifungals, scientists are boning up on previous research on antibacterials. Ellen Licking

Examples of antibacterial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lemons make a wonderful cleaning tool thanks to the antibacterial properties of their acidic juice, and of salt can be used as an abrasive that works well to scrub cutting boards. Samantha Hunter, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 June 2024 Welly First Aid Kit Buy on Amazon $15 $14 This cute first aid kit from Welly comes in a colorful tin and contains things like bandages, wound-cleaning wipes, and antibacterial ointment. Terri Peters, Parents, 4 June 2024 Honey Honey acts as a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent. Debbie Wolfe, Popular Science, 27 May 2024 This option — available in vertical strips and full sheets — is made of a bamboo silk that’s not only comfortable but also naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial. Melanie Rud, Peoplemag, 20 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for antibacterial 

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of antibacterial was in 1879

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Cite this Entry

“Antibacterial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antibacterial. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

antibacterial

adjective
an·​ti·​bac·​te·​ri·​al
ˌant-ē-ˌbak-ˈtir-ē-əl,
ˌan-ˌtī-ˌbak-
: directed or effective against bacteria
antibacterial soap

Medical Definition

antibacterial

1 of 2 adjective
an·​ti·​bac·​te·​ri·​al ˌant-i-bak-ˈtir-ē-əl How to pronounce antibacterial (audio) ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antibacterial (audio)
: directed or effective against bacteria

antibacterial

2 of 2 noun
: an antibacterial agent

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