American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An agent, such as a chemical or biological material, that inhibits bacterial growth.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a chemical or biological material that inhibits bacterial growth.
- n. a chemical or biological material that inhibits bacterial growth
“Depending upon whether a product can meet certain performance guidelines, a public health antimicrobial is classified as a bacteriostat, a sanitizer, a disinfectant (which is more strongly antimicrobial than a sanitizer), or a sterilizer (strongest of all).”
“A bacteriostat is a substance that inhibits the growth of bacteria in inanimate environments, preventing, say, rotting or odor of textiles or deterioration of paint.”
“Thus, if a manufacturer claimed that a chopping board treated with a bacteriostat killed common food pathogens, it would have to be registered and efficacy data submitted to prove its claims.”
“A bacteriostat must be registered if public health claims are made on its behalf.”
“It is used in burn ointments (Silvadene cream) and in bandaids as a bacteriostat and many burn units and rooms for immuno-suppressed patients who are in reverse-isolation have air vents lined with silver filaments to filter incoming air in order to cleanse the air of bacteria etc. Tue, 10/27/2009 - 21: 07 - Tyler Durden silver dissolved as a disinfectant.”
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