an·​ti·​bac·​te·​ri·​al | \ ˌan-tē-bak-ˈtir-ē-əl How to pronounce antibacterial (audio) , ˌan-ˌtī-\

Definition of antibacterial

: directed or effective against bacteria antibacterial soap an antibacterial drug

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Other Words from antibacterial

antibacterial noun
In an effort to develop new antifungals, scientists are boning up on previous research on antibacterials. — Ellen Licking

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Both Talakoub and Sobel agree that HA is a good antibacterial agent on the skin to help heal wounds like burns and skin ulcers. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need To Know About Hyaluronic Acid," 14 Dec. 2018 Of course, those antibacterial embalming agents were just one step in what had, by the New Kingdom, become a very complex 70-day process, with the practical work of embalming interwoven with ritual. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient Egyptians had been making mummies longer than anyone thought," 16 Aug. 2018 Then apply an antibacterial benzoyl peroxide wash with a body brush (our fave is Proactiv's Deep Cleansing Body Brush, $45, Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Say "See Ya Bye" to Body Acne with These Helpful Tips," 21 Mar. 2017 And go for gentle cleansing soaps that are lipid-free (these cleansers are more moisturizing than traditional antibacterial types). Molly Nover-baker, SELF, "11 Treatments That Will Soothe Super Dry Hands This Winter," 26 Dec. 2018 Use a mild antibacterial soap and leave them on a towel to air dry. Gigi Engle, SELF, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About Anal Beads," 19 Dec. 2018 Deeply hydrating, the 60-minute service begins with an aqua peel and includes a medical-grade collagen mask, and an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial oxygen treatment infused with Vargas's green tea, vitamin, and aloe serum. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Joanna Vargas Opens Up a New Manhattan Spa—Just in Time for the Holidays," 4 Dec. 2018 This potent honey mask has powerful antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and healing properties that can beautify, protect, and balance your skin. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Meet the New Manuka Honey Brand that Belongs in Every Pantry," 13 Aug. 2018 Propolis — the sticky substance derived from tree resin that bees use to coat the hive — has impressive antifungal and antibacterial effects on skin. Cristina Mueller, Town & Country, "Beauty and the Bees," 6 Dec. 2012

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First Known Use of antibacterial

1879, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of antibacterial

: able to kill bacteria


an·​ti·​bac·​te·​ri·​al | \ ˌant-i-bak-ˈtir-ē-əl How to pronounce antibacterial (audio) , ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antibacterial (audio) \

Medical Definition of antibacterial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: directed or effective against bacteria



Medical Definition of antibacterial (Entry 2 of 2)

: an antibacterial agent

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