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 In one study done on mice, wildfire smoke decreased the antimicrobial activity of the cells that clear the lungs of harmful microbes. Matt Simon, Wired, "How a ‘Heat Dome’ Forms—and Why This One Is So Perilous," 10 July 2020 The inner layer of the lightweight masks is made from 100 percent organic cotton, while the outer layer is crafted from an antimicrobial, quick-drying polyester performance fabric. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, "This Celeb-approved Golf Brand Launched Antimicrobial, Quick-drying Face Masks — and They’re Only $10 Each," 11 July 2020 Copper’s antimicrobial effects, in particular, appear supported in scientific research. Sarah Lynch, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Health benefits of drinking from copper cups needs more study," 9 July 2020 But are antimicrobial materials really the solution to revive these businesses? Hiren Mansukhani, Quartz India, "Indian textile makers are trying to survive Covid-19 by launching “anti-virus” fabrics," 6 July 2020 In addition, this pillow has a cooling gel surface and is infused with copper and graphite, two antimicrobial materials that also help regulate temperature. Jillian Mueller, Better Homes & Gardens, "These 10 Expert-Recommended Cooling Pillows Will Give You Your Best Night's Sleep," 25 June 2020 The antimicrobial liner is leak-proof and water-resistant. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "Chill coolers to keep your beverages and food cold," 16 June 2020 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

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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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29 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Antimicrobial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 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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