disinfectant

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noun dis·in·fec·tant \-ˈfek-tənt\

Definition of disinfectant

  1. :  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

Examples of disinfectant in a sentence

  1. They use a strong disinfectant on the medical equipment.

  2. Clean the area with disinfectant.

1837

First Known Use of disinfectant

1837


DISINFECTANT Defined for English Language Learners

disinfectant

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noun dis·in·fec·tant \-ˈfek-tənt\

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

disinfectant

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noun dis·in·fec·tant \ˌdi-sən-ˈfek-tənt\

Definition of disinfectant for Students

  1. :  something that kills germs


Medical Dictionary

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disinfectant

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noun dis·in·fec·tant \-ˈfek-tənt\

Medical Definition of disinfectant

  1. :  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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disinfectant

adjective dis·in·fec·tant

Medical Definition of disinfectant

  1. :  serving or tending to disinfect :  suitable for use in disinfecting



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