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

bac·te′ri·o·stat′ic adj.
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(Microbiology) any substance that arrests the growth or reproduction of bacteria but does not kill them
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(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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Chloroacetic acid is used as an indirect additive in food contact substances, herbicide, preservative, and bacteriostat. Uronic acids are reducing sugars of biological relevance.
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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).