Dictionary > Bactericidal

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.


You will also like...

Ploidy
Polyploidy

Humans are diploid creatures. This means that for every chromosome in the body, there is another one to match it. Howeve..

Mātauranga Māori and Science Collaboration
Mātauranga Māori and Science

Mātauranga Māori is the living knowledge system of the indigenous people of New Zealand, including the relationships t..

Physiological Homeostasis
Physiological Homeostasis

Homeostasis is essential to maintain conditions within the tolerable limits. Otherwise, the body will fail to function p..

Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung
Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung

In this tutorial, the works of Carl Gustav Jung and Sigmund Freud are described. Both of them actively pursued the way h..

Photosynthesis and respiration
Plant Metabolism

Plants are responsible for incredible feats of molecular transformation. Plant processes, such as photosynthesis, photop..

Chromosomes X and Y and Sex Determination
Chromosomes X and Y and Sex Determination

This tutorial looks at sex determination via the sex chromosomes, X and Y. Read it to get more info on X and Y chromosom..