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ANTIMICROBIAL

 Dictionary entry overview: What does antimicrobial mean? 

ANTIMICROBIAL (noun)
  The noun ANTIMICROBIAL has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: ANTIMICROBIAL used as a noun is very rare.


ANTIMICROBIAL (adjective)
  The adjective ANTIMICROBIAL has 1 sense:

1. capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of disease-causing microorganisms

  Familiarity information: ANTIMICROBIAL used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ANTIMICROBIAL (noun)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

antimicrobial; antimicrobic; disinfectant; germicide

Hypernyms ("antimicrobial" is a kind of...):

agent (a substance that exerts some force or effect)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "antimicrobial"):

cetrimide (a cationic detergent that is a powerful disinfectant)

sodium hypochlorite (an unstable salt (NaOCl) used as a bleaching agent and disinfectant)


ANTIMICROBIAL (adjective)


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Meaning:

Capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of disease-causing microorganisms

Synonyms:

antimicrobial; antimicrobic

Similar:

healthful (conducive to good health of body or mind)


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