- disinfectant 1837 (n.); 1875 (adj.), from Fr. désinfectant (1816), originally prp. of désinfecter (see DISINFECT (Cf. disinfect)).
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disinfectant — n *antiseptic, germicide, bactericide disinfectant adj antiseptic, germicidal, bactericidal (see under ANTISEPTIC n) … New Dictionary of Synonyms
disinfectant — dis in*fect ant, n. That which disinfects, especially an agent for killing or removing the microorganisms which cause infection. Commonly used disinfectants are chlorine, sodium hypochlorite solution, hydrogen peroxide, and alcohol. [1913 Webster … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
disinfectant — index preventive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
disinfectant — ► NOUN ▪ a chemical liquid that destroys bacteria. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ causing disinfection … English terms dictionary
disinfectant — [dis΄in fek′tənt] adj. [Fr désinfectant] disinfecting n. anything that disinfects; means for destroying harmful bacteria, viruses, etc … English World dictionary
Disinfectant — This article is about antimicrobial agents. For the Macintosh anti virus software, see Disinfectant (software). Disinfection of a floor using disinfectant liquid applied using a mop Disinfectants are substances that are applied to non living… … Wikipedia
disinfectant — 1. adjective Referring to something that contains a disinfectant or has the properties of a disinfectant. I washed repeatedly with a disinfectant soap but I still caught the flu. 2. noun A substance which kills germs and/or viruses. The scalpels… … Wiktionary
disinfectant — [[t]dɪ̱sɪnfe̱ktənt[/t]] disinfectants N MASS Disinfectant is a substance that kills germs. It is used, for example, for cleaning kitchens and bathrooms. Effluent from the sedimentation tank is dosed with disinfectant to kill any harmful organisms … English dictionary
disinfectant — /dis in fek teuhnt/, n. 1. any chemical agent used chiefly on inanimate objects to destroy or inhibit the growth of harmful organisms. adj. 2. serving as a disinfectant. [1830 40; < F désinfectant, n. use of prp. of désinfecter, MF. See DISINFECT … Universalium
disinfectant — UK [ˌdɪsɪnˈfektənt] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms disinfectant : singular disinfectant plural disinfectants a chemical substance that kills bacteria and is used for making things very clean … English dictionary