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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antifungal noun

Examples of antifungal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web She was put in isolation for C. auris patients, and her records subsequently referred to her as having the infection and taking antifungal medications for it. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "Nursing Homes Are a Breeding Ground for a Fatal Fungus," 6 Apr. 2019 Products used by Germ Free Company are antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral. cleveland, "Germ killers of Avon looking to disinfectant your home," 29 Dec. 2019 The antifungal drug, fosmanogepix, showed effectiveness in 10 patients treated in the mid-stage or Phase 2 trial, said Ciara Kennedy, president and CEO of Amplyx. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Amplyx reports early signs antifungal drug clears Candida blood infections," 18 Sep. 2019 The most critical threats include a new addition — Candida auris, or C. auris, a fungal infection that is resistant to many of the available antifungal drugs. Helen Branswell, STAT, "CDC report: 35,000 Americans die of antibiotic-resistant infections each year," 13 Nov. 2019 In addition to physical therapy, he was given an antifungal drug to take for the next year. Fox News, "Minnesota man contracts rare fungal infection that killed his dog last year," 24 Sep. 2019 Kennedy said current antifungal treatments are losing effectiveness, similar to the spread of bacterial resistance. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Amplyx reports early signs antifungal drug clears Candida blood infections," 18 Sep. 2019 Rezafungin developed for drug-resistant fungal infections of Candida San Diego’s Cidara Therapeutics will get $30 million upfront and as much as $568 million, plus double-digit royalties in a deal to bring its flagship antifungal drug to market. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cidara gets $30M upfront, possibly hundreds of millions more, for its antifungal drug," 4 Sep. 2019 Every variety of peach carries anti-inflammatory and antifungal benefits, and eating a peach even can aid in digestion and allergy relief. Callie Blount, al, "How to make homemade peach frozen yogurt," 15 Aug. 2019

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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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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Antifungal.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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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