san·​i·​tiz·​er | \ ˈsa-nə-ˌtī-zər How to pronounce sanitizer (audio) \
plural sanitizers

Definition of sanitizer

: a substance or product that is used to reduce or eliminate pathogenic agents (such as bacteria) on surfaces Sales of alcohol-based hand sanitizers were up nearly 17% as of the first week of September compared to the same period last year …— Laura Landro "Carvacrol could potentially be used as a food sanitizer … particularly in conjunction with other antimicrobials," says Kelly Bright, associate research scientist in the department of soil, water, and environmental science at the University of Arizona.— Daniel Stolt also : a device used in sanitizing This ozone-generating sanitizer looks like a miniature tanning bed for your manual toothbrush—and it emits ultraviolet light (UV) to kill 99.9 percent of brush germs. — Malinda Govoni Among the equipment that impressed him: … A wall-mounted food sanitizer that diverts water from the sink tap and charges it with ozone before dispensing it through the aerator for produce cleaning. — Howard Riell

First Known Use of sanitizer

1911, in the meaning defined above

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“Sanitizer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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