American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Destroying or inhibiting the growth of bacteria.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Opposed to the theory that certain diseases are caused by the presence of bacteria.
- Preventing the action or development of bacteria.
- adj. Killing or inhibiting bacteria
- n. pharmacology A drug having the effect of killing or inhibiting bacteria.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. archaic, archaic killing or inhibiting the growth of bacteria; -- applied also to serum for protection against bacterial diseases.
- adj. archaic Opposed to the bacterial theory of disease.
- n. (Med.) a chemical substance which kills or inhibits the growth of bacteria.
- adj. destroying bacteria or inhibiting their growth
- n. any drug that destroys bacteria or inhibits their growth
- anti- + bacterial (Wiktionary)
“These companies put alcohol in their mouthwash as a flavor carrier, to provide some "burn and bite," and to give a short-term antibacterial shot to your mouth (and it is short-term ... trust me; mouthwash is not necessary, or even very effective, in combating bad breath or the like.)”
“They douse their children’s hands in antibacterial gel.”
“The main ingredients in the product—water, aloe vera, calendula, glycerin, vitamin E—were soothing and probably benign but the essential oils described as antibacterial might have been the irritant.”
“Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is antibacterial, which is why it is in gums that dentists recommend.”
“A lot of people pay a lot of money for those soaps that are called antibacterial specifically, and for good reason.”
“The public deserves to know that these so-called antibacterial products are no more effective in preventing infections than regular soap and water and may, in fact, be dangerous to their health in the long run.”
“It is not necessary to spend money for so-called antibacterial products, which contain medicine that targets bacteria but does nothing to viruses.”
“This technology is great under the constraints, but the US fad for everything "antibacterial" means that these may be bought for ordinary consumption which is the opposite of great.”
“This reminds me that there have been many warnings that the worst innovation in years in personal hygiene has been the proliferation of "antibacterial" hand soaps which are apparently useless unless applied to one's hands and left there for about 15 minutes before rinsing.”
“It can be found in everything from kitchen cutting boards to shoes, often packaged with labels that tout "antibacterial" properties.”
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