an·​ti·​fun·​gal | \ ˌan-tē-ˈfəŋ-gəl How to pronounce antifungal (audio) , ˌan-ˌtī-\

Definition of antifungal

: destroying fungi or inhibiting their growth : fungicidal, fungistatic

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antifungal noun

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Hanging from their branches is old man’s beard, a lichen with antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties. Jill K. Robinson, National Geographic, "Gordon Ramsay Braves the Icy Alaska Panhandle," 17 July 2019 Detection is important because valley fever, also known by its scientific name coccidioidomycosis, can be successfully treated with antifungal medications. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Cases of valley fever in Arizona are up in 2019. Here's what you need to know," 10 July 2019 Castor oil also can be used as an antibacterial and antifungal treatment to combat yeast overgrowth and buildup on the scalp. Elizabeth Kiefer, Washington Post, "Cleopatra used it as a beauty aid. Now castor oil is staging a cosmetics comeback.," 8 July 2019 Tea tree oil, for instance, has been shown to have some antibacterial and antifungal properties that can be useful for acne and seborrheic dermatitis, SELF explained previously. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "What You Should Know Before Using a Trendy New Face Oil," 13 Mar. 2019 Treatment involves emergency surgery and antifungal medication before the fungus invades the eyes or brain, per the Cleveland Clinic. Amy Marturana, SELF, "What Your Snot Can Tell You About Your Health," 26 Dec. 2018 For instance, muds that contain sulfur have antibacterial and antifungal properties, zinc has wound healing and anti-acne effects, magnesium helps the body repair damaged DNA and is important in reducing inflammation. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "I Bathed in Colombia’s “Volcano of Youth” and My Skin Has Never Felt Softer," 23 Oct. 2018 Treatment for yeast infections typically inludes an antifungal medication lasting for one, three, or seven days—administered as an oral tablet, cream or ointment, or vaginal suppository, according to the Mayo Clinic. Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "Is It Safe to Have Sex With a Yeast Infection?," 16 Feb. 2018 But in severe cases, doctors usually turn to antifungal medications, either in pill or IV form. Sarah Klein,, "The Rescued Thai Soccer Team Is Being Monitored For 'Cave Disease' and Other Health Concerns," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of antifungal

1945, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of antifungal was in 1945

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an·​ti·​fun·​gal | \ ˌant-i-ˈfəŋ-gəl, ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antifungal (audio) \

Medical Definition of antifungal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: destroying fungi or inhibiting their growth : fungicidal, fungistatic antifungal drugs antifungal activity antifungal therapy



Medical Definition of antifungal (Entry 2 of 2)

: an antifungal agent

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