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  • adj. That kills bacteria.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a bactericide.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Destructive of bacteria.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Destructive to bacteria.

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

  • adj. preventing infection by inhibiting the growth or action of microorganisms


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  • It becomes "bactericidal," produces a bactericidal poison (called an alexin) which is usually present in normal blood, but is greatly increased when large numbers of certain poisonous microbes (_e. g._ those of typhoid fever) get into the blood.

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  • The two antibiotic products tested had some antibacterial effectiveness against the superbug while Staphaseptic had a genuine "bactericidal" effect - meaning it killed the MRSA bacteria and reduced the number by a factor of 1,000.

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  • Many bleaches have strong bactericidal properties, and are used for disinfecting and sterilizing.

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  • It was bactericidal, meaning that it killed organisms outright rather than just slowing down the growth of a bacterial population as some other antibiotics did.


  • Daptomycin exerts bactericidal activity without lysis of Staphylococcus aureus.


  • I refuse to be Polly Prissypants, walking around my own home wearing a bactericidal mask, having Howard Hughes-like soups prepared in a sterile dish.

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  • Used in combination therapy with antibiotics to achieve what scientists call "bactericidal synergism," active silver solutions have shown marked activity against proven bacterial-resistant strains including E.coli. salmonella, MRSA, and others.

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  • This plant is widely used in medicine for treating ascariasis and as a bactericidal agent; it is also used in perfume industry.

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  • Honey has a bactericidal effect on the skin and is both healing and moisturizing.

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  • Honey contains both bactericidal and painful retardants.

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