From bacterio- + -static.
bacteriostatic (comparative more bacteriostatic, superlative most bacteriostatic)
- Of or relating to bacteriostasis or a bacteriostat; inhibiting the growth of bacteria without destroying them.
- 1997, Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Folio Society 2016, p. 438:
- All these compounds were bacteriostatic, affecting the bacterial metabolism and preventing its multiplication in the host, thereby permitting natural body defences to succeed against the invader.