Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cleanse so as to destroy or prevent the growth of disease-carrying microorganisms: disinfect a wound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To sterilize by the use of cleaning agent such as bleach.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To free from infectious or contagious matter; to destroy putrefaction; to purify; to make innocuous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cleanse from infection; purify from contagious or infectious matter; destroy the germs of disease in.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. destroy microorganisms or pathogens by cleansing

Etymologies

From Middle French desinfecter (Wiktionary)

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