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Any agent that inhibits or retards bacterial multiplication.
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An agent, such as a chemical or biological material, that inhibits bacterial growth.

bac·te′ri·o·stat′ic adj.
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Garlic is considered to be a strong, broad spectrum bacteriostatic agent effective against 75-100% (6) of bacteria and is especially effective against a wide range of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
The use of bactericidal rather than bacteriostatic agents as first-line therapy is recommended because the eradication of microorganisms serves to curtail, although not avoid, the development of bacterial resistance.
These are also available to all optometrists and are chemical agents (ie, anti-infectives not antibiotics) best described as general-purpose bacteriostatic agents. They were introduced in the 1940s and have several effects including blocking a cell membrane-sited 'permease' transport system for uptake of purine nucleotides; (1,2,15) the bacteria are therefore unable to synthesise adequate quantities of precursors for DNA, RNA or even protein synthesis, and so fail to thrive.
"We found CHA to be an ideal partner for typical bacteriostatic agents already on the market, such as caprylyl glycol and ethylhexylglycerin."
In addition, chemicals in externally applied substances--including colognes and after-shave lotions, soaps formulated with halogenated bacteriostatic agents and even some sunscreens, especially those containing paraaminobenzoic acid (PABA), PABA esters, cinnamates and benzophenones--can cause a photosensitive reaction.