Definition of disinfectant in US English:

disinfectant

noun

  • A chemical liquid that destroys bacteria.

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

  • Causing the destruction of bacteria.

    ‘cleansing and disinfectant products’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm talking about soap, detergent, sponges, mops, dusters, disinfectant wipes, and so on.’
    • ‘He groped behind him for the kit and pulled out a disinfectant cloth, gently wiping at the wound.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Clean mops and disinfectant solution should be used for each cleanup procedure.’
    • ‘Rigorous disinfectant measures were observed by all participants at the Forum.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their natural disinfectant properties will help to control airborne bacteria and viruses that are prevalent during winter.’
    • ‘I rub my hands in the special disinfectant gels provided and sit and wait my turn.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The acetic acid in vinegar has a disinfectant effect, so that vinegar is a better preservative than other acid liquids of the same strength.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And when we're libeled or defamed, we use the disinfectant power of the press to correct the record instead of libel attorneys.’
    • ‘Both the school and nursery have put down disinfectant mats.’
    disinfectant, germicidal, bactericidal
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Pronunciation

disinfectant

/ˌdɪsənˈfɛktənt//ˌdisənˈfektənt/