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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Green tea catechins have also been shown to have antimicrobial properties, which can help prevent ear infections. Discover Magazine, 29 Apr. 2023 This may be because honey has antimicrobial properties and can help relieve irritation and inflammation in the airway.4 Eat one to two tablespoons straight from the jar or stirred into tea or water. Kimberly Holland, Health, 28 Apr. 2023 What's more, an antimicrobial lining helps keep sweat-causing bacteria and odors at bay. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 17 Apr. 2023 Their research, published Thursday in Communications Biology, isolated a strain of bacteria that demonstrated antimicrobial properties in corals that had successfully avoided SCTLD. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Apr. 2023 Get Basic features pieces with soft, sustainable fabric that wicks moisture, stretches comfortably, and has antimicrobial properties. Stacey Nguyen, Peoplemag, 30 Mar. 2023 The infection is treated with a combination of drugs, including the antibiotic azithromycin, the antifungal fluconazole, the antimicrobial drug miltefosine and the corticosteroid dexamethasone. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 2 Mar. 2023 For dry skin Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Fast-Acting Acne Spot Treatment This smart treatment takes a two-pronged approach by first targeting dead skin cells with salicylic acid, and then zapping acne-causing bacteria with antimicrobial ingredients. Deanna Pai, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Feb. 2023 Score Spanx's signature lifting and shaping technology alongside its performance fabric, offering four-way stretch and antimicrobial properties. Women's Health, 13 Feb. 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 29 May. 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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