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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Other Words from antimicrobial

antimicrobial noun

Examples of antimicrobial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Made of 100% biodegradable and Silverplus antimicrobial technology, these masks are meant to last. Julie Tong, Vogue, "20 Ways to Shop and Support the AAPI Community," 9 Apr. 2021 The mask also comes with two disposable filters, as well back-head strap for comfort, and an antimicrobial carrying pouch. Travel + Leisure, "Away’s Latest Collection Includes Travel Accessories Perfect for a Future Trip," 9 Apr. 2021 Some user reviews have said that silk pillowcases helped reduce lesions and lessen inflammations such as acne and dermatitis, and many advertisements tout silk’s antimicrobial and hypoallergenic properties. Washington Post, "Silk pillowcases may provide some hair and skin benefits, but they’re not miracle workers," 6 Apr. 2021 The alcohol-free antimicrobial sanitizers were distributed to retailers nationwide, according to the FDA warning. Chris Mayhew, The Enquirer, "Recall: FDA says Durisan hand sanitizer poses an infection risk," 30 Mar. 2021 In a bulletin posted by the FDA, Sanit Technologies LLC announces the recall of its Durisan brand antimicrobial hand sanitizer. Mike Wehner, BGR, "You should definitely avoid this recalled hand sanitizer," 26 Mar. 2021 In 2017, the Joint Commission put into effect a new accreditation standard for antimicrobial stewardship programs in hospitals to educate staff and practitioners about antibiotic resistance. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "'Superbugs' kill more than 35K people in the US each year. Doctors may be partially to blame, study suggests.," 25 Mar. 2021 The acidic, antimicrobial environment of the Russian peat bog preserved the wooden structure for millennia. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Wooden Sculpture Is Twice as Old as Stonehenge and the Pyramids," 24 Mar. 2021 The chemist made his fortune creating an antimicrobial drop called Argyrol, and spent decades pursuing his passion for art. Regan Stephens, Fortune, "How the pandemic propelled online education for a world-class art foundation," 20 Mar. 2021

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Antimicrobial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for antimicrobial


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 antimicrobial (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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