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 (ăn′tē-băk-tîr′ē-əl, ăn′tī-)
Destroying or inhibiting the growth of bacteria.
An antibacterial substance.

an′ti·bac·te′ri·al n.


effective against bacteria


(ˌæn ti bækˈtɪər i əl, ˌæn taɪ-)

destructive to or inhibiting the growth of bacteria.
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Noun1.antibacterial - any drug that destroys bacteria or inhibits their growthantibacterial - any drug that destroys bacteria or inhibits their growth
antibiotic, antibiotic drug - a chemical substance derivable from a mold or bacterium that can kill microorganisms and cure bacterial infections; "when antibiotics were first discovered they were called wonder drugs"
azithromycin, Zithromax - a systemic antibacterial medicine (trade name Zithromax) that is prescribed to treat bacterial infections in many different parts of the body
dapsone - antibacterial drug used to treat leprosy and some kinds of skin diseases
dicloxacillin, Dynapen - antibacterial (trade name Dynapen) used to treat staphylococcal infections that are resistant to penicillin
hexachlorophene - antibacterial substance that is a water-soluble powder used in antiseptic soaps and toothpaste
INH, isoniazid, Nydrazid - antibacterial drug (trade name Nydrazid) used to treat tuberculosis
medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine - (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
Mandelamine, methenamine, Urex - antibacterial agent (trade names Mandelamine and Urex) that is contained in many products that are used to treat urinary infections
nalidixic acid, NegGram - antibacterial agent used especially to treat genitourinary infections
Neosporin - trade name for a topical drug containing several antibacterials; used as an ointment for skin irritations and in the form of eyedrops for minor eye infections
Macrodantin, nitrofurantoin - derivative of nitrofuran used as an antibacterial medicine (trade name Macrodantin) effective against a broad range of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria; used to treat infections of the urinary tract
Rifadin, rifampin, Rimactane - an antibacterial drug (trade names Rifadin and Rimactane) used to treat tuberculosis
sulfa, sulfa drug, sulfonamide, sulpha - antibacterial consisting of any of several synthetic organic compounds capable of inhibiting the growth of bacteria that require PABA
Achromycin, tetracycline - an antibiotic (trade name Achromycin) derived from microorganisms of the genus Streptomyces and used broadly to treat infections
crystal violet, gentian violet - a green crystal (violet in water) used as a dye or stain or bactericide or fungicide or anthelmintic or burn treatment
Adj.1.antibacterial - destroying bacteria or inhibiting their growth


adj antibacteriano
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At a press briefing held today, the EcoWaste Coalition noted that a ban on the marketing of consumer antiseptic wash products containing antibacterials triclosan and triclocarban will take effect on 06 September 2017 as ordered by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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6% in 2011, Kalorama estimated in its report "Worldwide Market for Anti-Infectives (Antifungals, Antibacterials and Antivirals).
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The ubiquity of the antibacterials in soaps "is a worrying thing," lead researcher Dr.
Antibacterial soaps referred to in the news articles do not equate to antibacterials and anti-septics being used in medical setting," explains Carolyn Twomey, RN, Director of Clinical Affairs at Regent Medical, a world leader in surgical gloves and skin antisepsis products.
Among the most important mechanisms are decreased ability of antibacterials to penetrate the bacterial cell wall, active efflux of antibacterial agents, inactivation of antibacterial agents, destruction of antibacterial agents, alteration of antibacterial target sites, development of bypass pathways around antibacterial targets, and constitutive phenotypic variation in bacterial physiology.
There were a number of effective antibacterials that were working well, and the logic was, 'We're covered.
The new labeling would include reminders that antibacterials do not treat viral infections and that the type of bacteria being treated should be considered when choosing the best drug.
coli (a common bacteria) to acquire genetic resistance to triclosan and related compounds through mutations suggests that t,he widespread use of this drug will lead to the appearance of resistant organisms that will eventually compromise the usefulness of triclosan and other antibacterials that interact with the same target.
The Centers for Disease Control advises hospitals to reserve antibacterials for patients in high-risk situations.