an·​ti·​mi·​cro·​bi·​al ˌan-ti-mī-ˈkrō-bē-əl How to pronounce antimicrobial (audio)
: destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms and especially pathogenic microorganisms
antimicrobial noun

Examples of antimicrobial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The infection is treated with a combination of drugs, including the antibiotic azithromycin, the antifungal fluconazole, the antimicrobial drug miltefosine and the corticosteroid dexamethasone. Raja Razek, CNN, 30 July 2023 This travel must-have is designed to fold into itself when not in use, while the antimicrobial finish helps prevent bacteria from growing. Lauren Dana Ellman, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Nov. 2023 Not just any sheets, but ones infused with antimicrobial silver technology, thanks to Miracle Brand. Hilary Tetenbaum, Journal Sentinel, 31 Aug. 2023 The underwear is also constructed from recycled materials plus features an antimicrobial SilverSeam technology to keep things fresh and odor-free. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 14 Aug. 2023 Breathable, naturally antimicrobial, and hypoallergenic, hemp sheets are a comfortable, popular alternative to cotton or linen. Andrea Wurzburger, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Oct. 2023 Oregano is a powerhouse of an immune booster that everyone should familiarize themselves with thanks to the potent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory plant compounds in it, while garlic is more than just a flavour-booster. Georgia Day, Vogue, 12 Oct. 2023 Different peptides such as creatine peptides, collagen peptides, copper peptides and antimicrobial peptides each have various health benefits. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 22 Aug. 2023 It's believed that this essential oil has both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Stacey Hugues, Verywell Health, 16 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of antimicrobial was in 1891

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Cite this Entry

“Antimicrobial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
an·​ti·​mi·​cro·​bi·​al ˌant-i-mī-ˌkrō-bē-əl How to pronounce antimicrobial (audio)
variants also antimicrobic
: destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms and especially pathogenic microorganisms


2 of 2 noun
variants also antimicrobic
: an antimicrobial substance
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