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

Other Words from antimicrobial

antimicrobial noun

Examples of antimicrobial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Look for a microfiber travel towel that's also antimicrobial to fend off mildew and odor. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 7 Mar. 2022 Savvy consumers will notice potassium aluminum sulfate listed in the ingredients of this deodorant, which is a mineral salt with astringent and antimicrobial properties. Jacqueline Saguin, Good Housekeeping, 19 Apr. 2022 This multitasking oil also contains emollient properties, provides antioxidants to fight oxidative stress and inflammation, has antimicrobial benefits, and even gets your skin rolling on collagen production. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Apr. 2022 What makes honey from stingless bees so beneficial, though, is its antimicrobial, wound-healing, and anti-inflammatory properties. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 5 Apr. 2022 Defensins are considered antimicrobial peptides and are known to defend against bacteria, fungi, and viruses. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2022 Some are likely instinctual, like cats or dogs licking their wounds with naturally antimicrobial saliva. Maddie Bender, Wired, 8 Mar. 2022 Used in many skin care products for its antimicrobial properties, this chemical is linked to hormone disruption and thyroid damage. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 Jojoba is almost bio-identical to your skin's own natural sebum and is an anti-inflammatory, while rosehip has antioxidants and anti-acne vitamin A, and grapeseed has antimicrobial properties. Megan Mcintyre, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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7 May 2022

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“Antimicrobial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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