disinfect

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verb dis·in·fect \ˌdis-in-ˈfekt\

Definition of disinfect

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to free from infection especially by destroying harmful microorganisms; broadly :  cleanse

disinfection

play \-ˈfek-shən\ noun

Examples of disinfect in a sentence

  1. Chemicals were added to disinfect the water.

  2. The wound needs to be disinfected.

Origin and Etymology of disinfect

Middle French desinfecter, from des- dis- + infecter to infect


First Known Use: 1598


DISINFECT Defined for English Language Learners

disinfect

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verb dis·in·fect \ˌdis-in-ˈfekt\

Definition of disinfect for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DISINFECT Defined for Kids

disinfect

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verb dis·in·fect \ˌdi-sən-ˈfekt\

Definition of disinfect for Students

disinfected

disinfecting

  1. :  to cleanse of germs that might cause disease


Medical Dictionary

disinfect

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transitive verb dis·in·fect \ˌdis-ən-ˈfekt\

Medical Definition of disinfect

  1. :  to free from infection especially by destroying harmful microorganisms

disinfection

\-ˈfek-shən\play noun

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