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

Definition of antifungal

: destroying fungi or inhibiting their growth : fungicidal, fungistatic

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Other Words from antifungal

antifungal noun

Examples of antifungal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Actinobacteria are also talented manufacturers of antifungal chemicals. Jennifer Frazer, Scientific American, "If It Smells like Dirt, Fire Ants Are Interested," 21 Nov. 2020 Dandruff shampoos typically contain ingredients (most commonly ketoconazole or zinc pyrithione, both of which have antifungal and antimicrobial qualities) that kill the yeast. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: How to Use the 7 Types of Shampoo," 25 Nov. 2020 Zinc pyrithione is an antibacterial and antifungal agent that treats flakes and itchy scalp. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "How to Get Rid of Dandruff for Good," 2 Nov. 2020 Resistance to two classes of drugs is particularly concerning because India has limited access to the third option for antifungal treatment: echinocandins. Sophie Cousins, National Geographic, "Drug-resistant superbug thriving in hospitals hit hard by COVID-19," 23 Oct. 2020 The case itself is made with an antimicrobial material that’s infused into plastic during production, ensuring that the case’s antibacterial and antifungal properties won’t fade away over time. Zoe Malin, NBC News, "New & Notable: Products from Otterbox, Amazon, Burrow and more," 2 Nov. 2020 Some variants are also impervious to the other two main classes of antifungal drugs. Sophie Cousins, National Geographic, "Drug-resistant superbug thriving in hospitals hit hard by COVID-19," 23 Oct. 2020 Doctors may administer an intravenous antifungal drug or miltefosine, a drug that's approved for the emergency management of a naegleria infection when used along with other drugs and treatment strategies, the Mayo Clinic says. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "A Brain-Eating Amoeba Was Detected in a Texas City’s Water Supply," 28 Sep. 2020 There is no cure for valley fever; doctors use existing antifungal medications that often don’t relieve the symptoms. Jim Robbins, The Arizona Republic, "As threat of valley fever grows beyond the Southwest, push is on for vaccine," 4 Sep. 2020

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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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“Antifungal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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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