Antimicrobial



destructive to or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms.
an antimicrobial agent, as a drug.
Contemporary Examples

“Oil is antimicrobial and gets into the tissues of the mouth to inhibit bacterial growth,” says Caldecott.
Oil Pulling: Miracle Cure or Oily Mess? DailyBurn March 27, 2014

adjective
capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of disease-causing microbes

antimicrobial an·ti·mi·cro·bi·al (ān’tē-mī-krō’bē-əl, ān’tī-) or an·ti·mi·cro·bic (-bĭk)
adj.
Tending to destroy microbes, prevent their development, or inhibit their pathogenic action.

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