antibacterial

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anti- +‎ bacterial

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antibacterial (not comparable)

  1. Killing or inhibiting bacteria.
    • 2013 May-June, Katrina G. Claw, “Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 3: 
      Many genes with reproductive roles also have antibacterial and immune functions, which indicate that the threat of microbial attack on the sperm or egg may be a major influence on rapid evolution during reproduction.
    This drug has an antibacterial effect.

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Noun[edit]

antibacterial (plural antibacterials)

  1. (pharmacology) A drug having the effect of killing or inhibiting bacteria.
    Many household products contain antibacterials.

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