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

  • Causing disinfection.

    ‘cleansing and disinfectant products’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It will not only keep your bathroom and toilet fragrant and fresh, its disinfectant qualities will clear bacteria and viruses.’
    • ‘Both the school and nursery have put down disinfectant mats.’
    • ‘Rigorous disinfectant measures were observed by all participants at the Forum.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He groped behind him for the kit and pulled out a disinfectant cloth, gently wiping at the wound.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 room flooded with the hovering smell of generic urinal cakes stuffed behind the toilet and acrid disinfectant soap.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Clean mops and disinfectant solution should be used for each cleanup procedure.’
    • ‘I rub my hands in the special disinfectant gels provided and sit and wait my turn.’
    • ‘The acetic acid in vinegar has a disinfectant effect, so that vinegar is a better preservative than other acid liquids of the same strength.’
    disinfectant, germicidal, bactericidal
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Pronunciation

disinfectant

/dɪsɪnˈfɛkt(ə)nt/