Definition of disinfectant
: an agent that frees from infection; especially : a chemical that destroys vegetative forms of harmful microorganisms (such as bacteria and fungi) especially on inanimate objects but that may be less effective in destroying spores
Examples of disinfectant in a Sentence
They use a strong disinfectant on the medical equipment.
Clean the area with disinfectant.
Recent Examples of disinfectant from the Web
During the public health emergency, E. coli was detected along with high levels of a carcinogenic disinfectant byproduct.
Additionally, research suggests that the corrosion interfered with disinfectants in the water and released iron and other bacterial nutrients, promoting the growth of Legionella bacteria.
The East Bay Municipal Utility District reported Tuesday that concentrations of trihalomethanes, a byproduct of chlorine disinfectant and organic matter in water, have risen sharply since 2015.
Others stuck it out a little longer, even when the city issued boil advisories (E. coli in the water) and a notice about high levels of trihalomethanes, a carcinogenic byproduct of disinfectants.
Use disinfectant, like wipes, on your tray table before touching it, and also use wipes on the armrests.
Their resistance to environmental stresses now helps superbugs survive chemical disinfectants as well as antibiotics.
The disinfectant chlorhexidine and antibiotic mupirocin can also have adverse effects on patients — especially premature babies in the ICU, whose skin and neurological systems are still developing.
Other major problems violated rules on cancer-causing disinfectants, high levels of coliform from human waste, and lead and copper that exceeded safe limits.
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First Known Use of disinfectant
DISINFECTANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of disinfectant for English Language Learners
: a chemical substance that is used to kill harmful germs and bacteria : a substance that disinfects something
DISINFECTANT Defined for Kids
Definition of disinfectant for Students
: something that kills germs
Medical Definition of disinfectant
: an agent that frees from infection; especially : a chemical that destroys vegetative forms of harmful microorganisms (as bacteria and fungi) especially on inanimate objects but that may be less effective in destroying spores
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