antimicrobial

adjective
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

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The antimicrobial claims made about apple cider vinegar stem from the fermentation process. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, According to a Nutritionist," 21 Nov. 2018 This Stuff Isn’t Matador NanoDry Towel Nanofiber material is 2.3 times lighter than microfiber travel towels, absorbs 2.3 times its own weight in water and its antimicrobial coating repels bacteria that can collect in the non-chlorinated wild. Lauren Steele, WSJ, "America’s Best Secluded Swimming Holes—and How to Find Them," 20 June 2018 What's more is that LED therapy with antimicrobial blue light has been known to be highly effective in treating severe acne, which Jenner has suffered from in the past—and had zero qualms about getting real about it. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Just Got a Mindblowing Birthday Gift From Her Sisters," 8 Nov. 2018 Powered by wood chips and similar biomass, the WEDEW draws warm air from outside and sends it through an antimicrobial air filter to remove impurities. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Carbon-Negative Generator Makes Drinkable Water out of Thin Air," 22 Oct. 2018 This air cleaner includes a true HEPA filter, UV-C light to kill germs, and an antimicrobial agent that is added to the filter to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on the filter itself. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Air Purifier for a Breath of Fresh Air," 16 Oct. 2018 The idea is to score any potential antimicrobial benefits sans skin irritation. Krissy Brady, SELF, "What Tea Tree Oil Can and Can’t Do for Your Skin," 4 Oct. 2018 Hunter just launched her new line Quo with a single product: an active thong made from a seamless, antimicrobial, moisture-wicking, four-way-stretch polyamide and elastane hybrid. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Quo’s Active Underwear Is So Genius, You’ll Wonder How You Lived Without It," 24 Aug. 2018 This easy-carry cooler can hold up to 20 cans or an entire meal, and has padded shoulder straps, a water-resistant, antimicrobial lining, and a zipper pull that doubles as a bottle opener. Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "Ways to eat well in the summer heat (no stove required)," 13 Aug. 2018

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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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antimicrobial

adjective
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

antimicrobial

noun
variants: also antimicrobic

Medical Definition of antimicrobial (Entry 2 of 2)

: an antimicrobial substance

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