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Bactericidal

Definition
adjective
Refers to a substance (or a condition) capable of killing bacteria.
Supplement
Word origin: G.bakterion, little staff + late ME < L -cīda killer, -cīdium act of killing, derivatives of caedere to cut down, kill (in compounds -cīdere) .
Related forms: bactericide (noun), bactericidally (adverb)

Related phrases: bactericidal antibiotics, bactericidal disinfectants.

Compare: bacteriostatic.

See also: bacteria, infection.


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