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.
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- 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
The reason for cleaning first when you wish to disinfect is to remove organic matter—blood, feces, or food, for example—that might inactivate bleach and certain other household disinfectants.
Anyway I can't find the evidence for gassing people in groups to 'disinfect' them.
Professor von Duhn told me that once when approaching an Italian village in search of inscriptions he was taken for the devil, being unluckily mounted on a black horse and dressed in black, and was met by a priest with a crucifix, who was at last persuaded to "disinfect" him with holy water as a condition of his being admitted to the village.
Hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes were used to "disinfect" the bloody wounds.
The customer benefits because they no longer have to "disinfect" the cart handle.
They do exist for Linux, but they are mostly useful for preventing spreading an infected file to Windows users you might share files from the internet with, or for helping "disinfect" friends '
The Italian priest told the paper that he knew gas chambers existed to "disinfect" people, but couldn't be sure whether anyone was killed in them.
School did not need to be closed to "disinfect" because "routine cleaning with an EPA-registered solution is effective at removing MRSA from the environment."
"disinfect" bodies are not - they have no effect and make identification harder.
"disinfect" but that "I can't say if anybody was killed in them or not."