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an·ti·mi·cro·bi·al(ăn′tē-mī-krō′bē-əl, ăn′tī-) also an·ti·mi·cro·bic (-bĭk)
Capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms: antimicrobial drugs.
(Microbiology) capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of disease-causing microbes
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|Noun||1.||antimicrobial - an agent (as heat or radiation or a chemical) that destroys microorganisms that might carry disease|
agent - a substance that exerts some force or effect
cetrimide - a cationic detergent that is a powerful disinfectant
sodium hypochlorite - an unstable salt (NaOCl) used as a bleaching agent and disinfectant
|Adj.||1.||antimicrobial - capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of disease-causing microorganisms|
healthful - conducive to good health of body or mind; "a healthful climate"; "a healthful environment"; "healthful nutrition"; "healthful sleep"; "Dickens's relatively healthful exuberance"