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

  • n. An agent, such as a chemical or biological material, that inhibits bacterial growth.

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  • n. A biological or chemical agent that causes bacteriostasis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a chemical or biological material that inhibits bacterial growth.

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

  • n. a chemical or biological material that inhibits bacterial growth


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  • 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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