an·​ti·​mi·​cro·​bi·​al | \ ˌan-ti-mī-ˈkrō-bē-əl How to pronounce antimicrobial (audio) \

Definition of antimicrobial

: destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms and especially pathogenic microorganisms

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antimicrobial noun

Examples of antimicrobial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, airlines like United, JetBlue, Hawaiian, Delta, and Southwest have implemented the use of electrostatic antimicrobial sprays to thoroughly disinfect every nook and cranny of the cabin, either overnight or between certain flights. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, "Is It Safe to Fly Right Now? Here's What Experts Have to Say," 25 June 2020 Its antimicrobial material helps to protect against bacterial odors and stains and is easy to wipe down after using as well. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "The cutest summer essentials from Target, starting at just $3," 25 June 2020 The virus is also pushing the desire for easy-to-clean polished concrete, tile or antimicrobial materials. oregonlive, "Portland’s pandemic-era apartment buildings: Tenants win with rent incentives, but gyms may go away," 25 June 2020 According to a message from Antoskiewicz on North Royalton’s website, municipal workers on June 12 applied MicroShield 360, an antimicrobial product, to the playground equipment and pavilions, as well as the park’s skatepark, restrooms and tables. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "North Royalton reopens playgrounds, pavilions in Memorial Park," 25 June 2020 The pillow comes wrapped in a cooling fabric that not only helps the pillow stay cool to the touch but also has antimicrobial qualities. Jillian Mueller, Better Homes & Gardens, "These 10 Expert-Recommended Cooling Pillows Will Give You Your Best Night's Sleep," 25 June 2020 The best antimicrobial face masks, according to medical experts. NBC News, "Virus surge 'overwhelms' Arizona and Texas, key 2020 primaries too close to call, and MLB is coming back," 24 June 2020 The display is coated with Corning Gorilla Glass, and there’s even an antimicrobial option that’s suddenly interesting in a pandemic world. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "The Chromebook Spin 713 is Acer's high-end model for work or home," 23 June 2020 Other types of cells in the body, including circulating white blood cells and tissue macrophages, produce nitric oxide for antimicrobial purposes. The Conversation, oregonlive, "The science behind why this is the safest way to breathe to avoid coronavirus," 19 June 2020

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First Known Use of antimicrobial

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of antimicrobial was in 1891

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5 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Antimicrobial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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an·​ti·​mi·​cro·​bi·​al | \ ˌant-i-mī-ˌkrō-bē-əl How to pronounce antimicrobial (audio) \
variants: also antimicrobic \ -​ˈkrō-​bik How to pronounce antimicrobic (audio) \

Medical Definition of antimicrobial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms and especially pathogenic microorganisms


variants: also antimicrobic

Medical Definition of antimicrobial (Entry 2 of 2)

: an antimicrobial substance

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