an·​ti·​fun·​gal | \ˌan-tē-ˈfəŋ-gəl, ˌan-ˌtī-\

Definition of antifungal 

: destroying fungi or inhibiting their growth : fungicidal, fungistatic

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antifungal noun

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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 Listerine contains several essential oils that have both antibacterial and antifungal activity. Houston Chronicle, "Old wives’ remedy helped arthritis pain," 1 July 2018 What's more: Seborrheic dermatitis can benefit from topical antifungal creams or medicated shampoos, according to Sadick. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "How to Tell the Difference Between Dermatitis and Eczema," 15 June 2018 Treatment generally includes things like drugs to control inflammation and antifungal shampoos to combat yeast overgrowth, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Types of Eczema You Should Know, Because There’s Actually More Than One," 31 May 2018 That’s why an antifungal cream for athlete’s foot sometimes can help this condition. Joe Graedon, M.s., And Teresa Graedon, Houston Chronicle, "Will zinc help hirsutism in women?," 13 May 2018 This means that any antifungal activity is more likely to cause toxicity in patients. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Cidara's antifungal passes mid-stage human testing, but shares plummet," 19 Mar. 2018

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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an·​ti·​fun·​gal | \ˌant-i-ˈfəŋ-gəl, ˌan-ˌtī- \

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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