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

Other Words from antimicrobial

antimicrobial noun

Examples of antimicrobial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The antimicrobial treatment on the outer layer shouldn't be thought of as a SARS-CoV-2-killer, as such claims haven't been tested. Corey Gaskin, Ars Technica, 18 Dec. 2021 Regimen bag is cut from a sleek waterproof fabric called Duralite and lined with antimicrobial fabric. Justin Fenner, Robb Report, 14 Dec. 2021 Another screenshot showed the pricing for an antimicrobial solution to clean the patient’s wound. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 13 Dec. 2021 Another screenshot showed the pricing for an antimicrobial solution to clean the patient’s wound. David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2021 The case is also treated with an antimicrobial agent to protect against odor and degradation. Brad Moon, Forbes, 6 Nov. 2021 These boots provide enhanced traction and have an antimicrobial sock liner to curb odor. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, 6 Aug. 2021 One solution is using antimicrobial clothes to prolong the wear of items, but that’s not a permanent fix. Chris Smith, BGR, 23 June 2021 Some are even made with antimicrobial materials to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, 30 May 2021

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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 Jan 2022

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“Antimicrobial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antimicrobial. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for antimicrobial

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 antimicrobial (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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