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An agent, such as a chemical or biological material, that inhibits bacterial growth.

bac·te′ri·o·stat′ic adj.


(Microbiology) any substance that arrests the growth or reproduction of bacteria but does not kill them


(bækˈtɪər i əˌstæt)

a substance or preparation that inhibits the further growth of bacteria.
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Noun1.bacteriostat - a chemical or biological material that inhibits bacterial growthbacteriostat - a chemical or biological material that inhibits bacterial growth
agent - a substance that exerts some force or effect
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For use in other industries like textiles, leather, plastics, pharmaceuticals and paper, dodecanol imparts properties such as that of a leveling agent, bacteriostat, water evaporation retardant, coupling agent, plasticizer and anti corrosion agent.
Chloroacetic acid is used as an indirect additive in food contact substances, herbicide, preservative, and bacteriostat. Uronic acids are reducing sugars of biological relevance.
([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.]) The root of Sophora Antitumor, diuresis, bacteriostat flavescens Ait.
FUNGISTAT, Inhibits the growth of fungi, bacteria, and BACTERIOSTAT, algae, that don't pose a threat to human health.
(2000) but modified for the sake of procedural convenience as follows: one gram of air-dry weight of each HMBF material (dried at 60[degrees]C for 48 h and milled to <1 mm) was measured into a 50 ml centrifuge tube and hydrated with 30 ml distilled water containing 0.02 g sodium azide per 100 ml as a bacteriostat. The tube containing the sample was then equilibrated for 18 h at room temperature and its contents were transferred to a glass filter with a pore size of 100-160 [micro]m, (1G P160, Sibata Company, Tokyo, Japan) and drained under a pressure of 2 g/[cm.sup.2] with a pressure pump (Compact air pump, NUP-1, AS-ONE Company, Tokyo, Japan) for 2 min.
DCD is a bacteriostat that inhibits the first stage of the nitrification process, conversion of ammonium ([NH.sub.4.sup.+]) to nitrite (N[O.sub.2.sup.-]), by making the bacteria's enzymes ineffective (Amberger 1989).