Definition of antibacterial in English:

antibacterial

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adjective

  • Tending to prevent the growth or spread of bacteria.

    ‘I never travel without antibacterial wipes’
    • ‘studies have shown that the compound has antibacterial effects’
    • ‘The worldwide emergence of bacterial resistance to antibacterial agents has produced a need for new methods of combating bacterial infections.’
    • ‘The antibacterial soap kills most germs, while regular soap washes bacteria from the skin or transfers it to a towel.’
    • ‘Antibacterial prescribing and antibacterial resistance in English general practice: cross sectional study’
    • ‘They also have antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties against pathogens.’
    • ‘Recent reports have lent support to the potential use of previous generation antibacterial drugs to treat infections caused by new resistant bacteria.’
    • ‘The herb also contains antibacterial compounds that may kill the bacteria responsible for the infection.’
    • ‘It's antibacterial, so you're killing the bacteria that causes the disease.’
    • ‘In this day of antibacterial everything, it's hard to imagine bacteria being beneficial.’
    • ‘Bacteria that causes eye infections is sensitive to the antibacterial action of honey.’
    • ‘The assault on bacteria in the household has fuelled great interest in antibacterial products.’
    • ‘Also, taking antibacterial antibiotics when you have a viral infection may be harmful.’
    • ‘Manufacturers use our national fear of germs to sell antibacterial soap.’
    • ‘For added protection, a swipe with an antibacterial wipe knocks out plenty more germs, so pack a few in your carry-on.’
    • ‘Do antibacterial soaps get rid of germs better than plain old soap and hot water?’
    • ‘They typically come in a bar, gel or liquid form, and are less drying than are deodorant and antibacterial detergents or soaps.’
    • ‘You may be prescribed antibacterial, antifungal or antiviral drugs on an ongoing basis to guard against infection.’
    • ‘If only I could focus on the story instead of where I put my antibacterial hand gel…’
    • ‘Garlic's compounds also have antibacterial and antifungal properties.’
    • ‘After drying the skin, treat the burn with an antibacterial agent.’
    • ‘Echinacea has also been used externally on wounds and is reported to have antibacterial and antifungal properties.’

Pronunciation

antibacterial

/ˌan(t)ēbakˈtirēəl/ /ˌæn(t)ibækˈtɪriəl/ /ˌanˌtībakˈtirēəl/ /ˌænˌtaɪbækˈtɪriəl/

noun

  • A substance with antibacterial properties.

    ‘the experiment identified the bark of the plant as a potential source of new antibacterials’
    • ‘Unlike antibacterials, the number of types of useful anti-fungal drugs is quite limited.’
    • ‘We need the good germs to help our bodies defend against the bad, but with antibacterials we are washing everything away.’
    • ‘The new materials we have designed and built allow antibacterials to be more potent.’
    • ‘The plant-based compounds could become a cheap and promising source of natural antibacterials.’
    • ‘Garlic is one of the oldest-known natural antibacterials.’
    • ‘As with most antibacterials, you put a thumbnail-sized amount in your palm and rub your hands together until dry.’
    • ‘I think what we have exhausted most of the traditional approaches to finding novel antibacterials.’
    • ‘Copper is also a natural antibacterial.’
    • ‘I found that it is about 50 times more effective as an antifungal than as an antibacterial.’
    • ‘Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin by chance in 1928 when he noticed that penicillin fungus was a potent antibacterial.’

Pronunciation

antibacterial

/ˌan(t)ēbakˈtirēəl/ /ˌæn(t)ibækˈtɪriəl/ /ˌanˌtībakˈtirēəl/ /ˌænˌtaɪbækˈtɪriəl/