an·​ti·​fun·​gal ˌan-tē-ˈfəŋ-gəl How to pronounce antifungal (audio) ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antifungal (audio)
: destroying fungi or inhibiting their growth : fungicidal, fungistatic
antifungal noun

Examples of antifungal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties help combat the underlying causes of seborrhea while providing relief from itching and irritation. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 Right now, there are just four classes of antifungal treatments available–and few are in the development pipeline. David Angulo, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2023 In March, a CDC press release noted the seriousness of the problem, citing the pathogen’s resistance to traditional antifungal treatments and the alarming rate of its spread. Camille Fassett, Chicago Tribune, 27 July 2023 Policymakers can’t afford to wait any longer to spur more attention to antifungal research and development. David Angulo, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2023 Hydrogen peroxide's antifungal properties are appropriately reserved for open cuts and wounds elsewhere on your body. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 9 Apr. 2023 Candida auris, seen with an optical microscope, is a yeast responsible for many infections that's resistant to most antifungal drugs and has caused several deaths worldwide. CBS News, 28 July 2023 One shipment contained roasted eels that were tainted with antifungal and antiparastic agents that are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use on seafood. Saumya Gupta, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2023 How to treat it: Antibacterial creams like Neosporin can take care of the bacteria, and antifungal creams, like Lotrimin, can take care of the fungus. Joelle Smith, Men's Health, 30 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of antifungal was in 1945

Dictionary Entries Near antifungal

Cite this Entry

“Antifungal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
an·​ti·​fun·​gal ˌant-i-ˈfəŋ-gəl, ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antifungal (audio)
: destroying fungi or inhibiting their growth : fungicidal, fungistatic
antifungal drugs
antifungal activity
antifungal therapy


2 of 2 noun
: an antifungal agent
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