Definition of disinfect
- The earliest viruses were relatively simple routines, and virus detectors could easily disinfect computers.
- —Philips Chien
Chemicals were added to disinfect the water.
The wound needs to be disinfected.
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: to clean (something) especially by using a chemical substance that kills all germs and bacteria
computers : to remove a virus from (a computer) by using a special program
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