Definition of disinfectant in English:

disinfectant

noun

mass noun
  • A chemical liquid that destroys bacteria.

    ‘all surfaces are cleaned manually or by pressure washer with disinfectant’
    count noun ‘a cat won't use its litter box if it's cleaned with smelly disinfectants’
    • ‘Avoid strong odors from paint, perfume, hair spray, disinfectants, chemical cleaners, air fresheners, and glues.’
    • ‘Each vehicle was tested for contamination after cleaning using the current cleaning method of wiping down the interior with liquid disinfectants.’
    • ‘Bacteria are very sensitive to chemical disinfectants such as chlorine and iodine.’
    • ‘Most medicines, for example, are chemicals of some kind, as are most disinfectants, household cleaning agents and plastics.’
    • ‘These units lack basic facilities such as linen, antiseptic detergents, disinfectants and essential surgical instruments.’
    • ‘The sudden smell of disinfectants and plastic were making him sick.’
    • ‘These authors regard disinfectants as chemical biocides with a relative lack of selectivity.’
    • ‘The new package will include 2100 litres of mould disinfectants and 8000 litres of drinking water disinfectants, worth a total of 17 000 euro.’
    • ‘Research has not shown an increased resistance of antibiotic-resistant bacteria to hospital germicides and disinfectants.’
    • ‘The two chemicals are also used in common disinfectants and in water treatment plants, vital for a modern society.’
    • ‘Biocides, when used as disinfectants and sterilants, are used at concentrations substantially higher than levels required to show bactericidal effects.’
    • ‘Use of sand filtration and chlorine disinfectants attacked the problem leading to sharply falling rates of typhoid fever and other water-borne infections.’
    • ‘Respirators are not as effective at removing bleach fumes, so minimize your exposure when using bleach or other disinfectants.’
    • ‘Chapter Seven discusses disinfectants and disinfection procedures in the elimination of infectious agents.’
    • ‘We get bromine from pesticides, dough conditioners, and from disinfectants for water in hot tubs and commercial spas.’
    • ‘If approved disinfectants are unavailable washing soda, mixed with water at a rate of 50 grams per litre, is the next best alternative.’
    • ‘Supplies of soap, tooth brushes, disinfectants, in fact all toiletries and disinfectants, and towels are also very badly needed.’
    • ‘Since disinfectants can leave unpleasant traces in water coolers and are difficult to apply, the best disinfection method is to use an ozonizer.’
    • ‘The newspaper said the water was dull in appearance and had no trace of disinfectants such as chlorine.’
    • ‘Several cancer causing chemical compounds that are created in the presence of disinfectants are also stopped by the filter.’
    bactericide, germicide, antiseptic, sterilizer, sanitizer, cleaning agent, cleansing agent, cleanser, decontaminant
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adjective

  • Causing disinfection.

    ‘cleansing and disinfectant products’
    • ‘Farm leaders joined with the Department of Agriculture in calling on the public to continue to be on the alert for the disease and to maintain disinfectant measures.’
    • ‘While nationally the epidemic is on the wane and in the latter stages it still has the potential to be spread, so I would ask everyone involved to keep up with the disinfectant procedures.’
    • ‘I drove over the foul-smelling, disinfectant bath and then past a taped-off woodland area before parking up among a surprisingly large number of cars.’
    • ‘They were actually hemmed in by cattle grids at each end of the village, he pointed out - and there were disinfectant mats at each entrance to prevent the spread of infection.’
    • ‘The area has been sealed off by the placing of disinfectant mats on the three major bridges connecting the area with the rest of the county.’
    • ‘In his parish duties as vicar of Helmsley, Mr Wilbourne has become used to the disinfectant foot and vehicle mats as he travels about by bicycle.’
    • ‘Both the school and nursery have put down disinfectant mats.’
    • ‘Rigorous disinfectant measures were observed by all participants at the Forum.’
    • ‘I rub my hands in the special disinfectant gels provided and sit and wait my turn.’
    • ‘And when we're libeled or defamed, we use the disinfectant power of the press to correct the record instead of libel attorneys.’
    • ‘Wipe surfaces with a disinfectant cloth on a regular basis.’
    • ‘I'm talking about soap, detergent, sponges, mops, dusters, disinfectant wipes, and so on.’
    • ‘Pocketing extra bandage and disinfectant salve, I eased my way to the door he had exited through.’
    • ‘The acetic acid in vinegar has a disinfectant effect, so that vinegar is a better preservative than other acid liquids of the same strength.’
    • ‘He groped behind him for the kit and pulled out a disinfectant cloth, gently wiping at the wound.’
    • ‘Their natural disinfectant properties will help to control airborne bacteria and viruses that are prevalent during winter.’
    • ‘It is also thought that chlorophyll has disinfectant properties that can mitigate breath and body odors and help to improve a variety of skin conditions.’
    • ‘It will not only keep your bathroom and toilet fragrant and fresh, its disinfectant qualities will clear bacteria and viruses.’
    • ‘Clean mops and disinfectant solution should be used for each cleanup procedure.’
    • ‘The room flooded with the hovering smell of generic urinal cakes stuffed behind the toilet and acrid disinfectant soap.’
    disinfectant, germicidal, bactericidal
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Pronunciation

disinfectant

/dɪsɪnˈfɛkt(ə)nt/