bacteriostasis

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bac·te·ri·o·sta·sis

(bak-tēr'ē-os'tă-sis),
An arrest or retardation of growth of bacteria.
[bacterio- + G. stasis, a standing still]

bacteriostasis

(băk-tîr′ē-ō-stā′sĭs)
n. pl. bacteriosta·ses (-sēz)
The inhibition of growth, but not the killing, of bacteria.

bacteriostasis

the inhibition of growth in bacteria without killing them. Certain ANTIBIOTICS, for example TETRACYCLINES and SULPHONAMIDES, can have bacteriostatic effects.