Definition of Antimicrobial

1. Noun. An agent (as heat or radiation or a chemical) that destroys microorganisms that might carry disease.

Exact synonyms: Antimicrobic, Disinfectant, Germicide
Generic synonyms: Agent
Specialized synonyms: Cetrimide, Sodium Hypochlorite
Derivative terms: Antimicrobic, Disinfect, Disinfectant, Germicidal



2. Adjective. Capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of disease-causing microorganisms.
Exact synonyms: Antimicrobic
Similar to: Healthful
Derivative terms: Antimicrobic

Definition of Antimicrobial

1. Adjective. tending to destroy or capable of destroying microbes ¹

2. Adjective. inhibiting the growth of microbes ¹

3. Adjective. preventing or counteracting the pathogenic action of microbes ¹

4. Noun. an agent that destroys microbes, inhibits their growth, or prevents or counteracts their pathogenic action ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Antimicrobial

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Antimicrobial

1. A drug for killing microorganisms or suppressing their multiplication or growth. (18 Nov 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Antimicrobial

antimetaboles
antimetabolic
antimetabolite
antimetabolites
antimetaphorical
antimetaphysical
antimetastasis
antimetastatic
antimetathesis
antimeter
antimeters
antimetric
antimetrical
antimetropia
antimicrobe
antimicrobial (current term)
antimicrobial spectrum
antimicrobials
antimicrobic
antimicrobics
antimicrotubule
antimigraine
antimilitant
antimilitarism
antimilitarisms
antimilitarist
antimilitarists
antimilitary
antimilk
antimine

Literary usage of Antimicrobial

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"The azide-insensitive antimicrobial systems are more highly developed in peroxidase-negative leukocytes than in normal leukocytes, thus suggesting an ..."

2. Studies in Immunity by Jules Bordet (1909)
"X. ON THE EXISTENCE OF SENSITIZING SUBSTANCES IN THE MAJORITY OF antimicrobial SERA * BY DRS. JULES BORDET AND OCTAVE GENGOU. ..."

3. In Vitro Collecting Techniques for Germplasm Conservation by Valerie C. Pence (2002)
"In most cases it may be sufficient to determine whether contaminants are bacterial or fungal in order to choose an appropriate antimicrobial agent. ..."

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