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

  • adj. Destroying or inhibiting the growth of bacteria.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Killing or inhibiting bacteria
  • n. A drug having the effect of killing or inhibiting bacteria.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. killing or inhibiting the growth of bacteria; -- applied also to serum for protection against bacterial diseases.
  • adj. Opposed to the bacterial theory of disease.
  • n. a chemical substance which kills or inhibits the growth of bacteria.

from The 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.

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

  • adj. destroying bacteria or inhibiting their growth
  • n. any drug that destroys bacteria or inhibits their growth


anti- +‎ bacterial (Wiktionary)



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