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disinfectant

 [dis″in-fek´tant]
1. freeing from infection or infection-producing organisms.
2. an agent that does this. Heat and certain other physical agents such as live steam can be disinfectants, but in common usage the term is reserved for chemical substances such as mercury bichloride or phenol. Disinfectants are usually applied to inanimate objects since they are too strong to be used on living tissues. Chemical disinfectants are not always effective against spore-forming bacteria.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

dis·in·fec·tant

(dis'in-fek'tănt),
1. Capable of destroying pathogenic microorganisms or inhibiting their growth activity.
2. An agent that possesses this property.
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disinfectant

(dĭs′ĭn-fĕk′tənt)
n.
An agent, such as heat, radiation, or a chemical, that destroys, neutralizes, or inhibits the growth of disease-carrying microorganisms.
adj.
Serving to disinfect.
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dis·in·fec·tant

(dis-in-fek'tănt)
1. Capable of destroying pathogenic microorganisms or inhibiting their growth.
2. An agent that possesses the capacity to disinfect.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

disinfectant

a chemical agent used for the DISINFECTION of inanimate objects.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

antiseptic 

An agent that kills or prevents the growth of bacteria. This term is generally restricted to agents that are sufficiently non-toxic for superficial application to living tissues. These include the preservatives for eye drops and contact lens solutions. Examples of antiseptics are alcohol, benzalkonium chloride, cetrimide, chlorbutanol, chlorhexidine, hydrogen peroxide, thimerosal (or thiomersalate). Other agents that are too toxic to be applied to living tissues are called disinfectants and are used to sterilize instruments and apparatus. See disinfection; ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid; neutralization; sterilization.
Millodot: Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science, 7th edition. © 2009 Butterworth-Heinemann

dis·in·fec·tant

(dis-in-fek'tănt)
Agent capable of destroying pathogenic microorganisms or inhibiting their growth activity.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012