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destructive to or inhibiting the growth of bacteria.
Contemporary Examples

His parents daub it with anti-bacterial cream, hoping to prevent infection.
Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Bordering on Disaster Jamie Dettmer November 10, 2012

Historical Examples

Another property which may be possessed by an anti-bacterial (b) Agglutination.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2 Various

effective against bacteria

also antibacterial, 1875, from anti- + bacterial.

antibacterial an·ti·bac·te·ri·al (ān’tē-bāk-tǐr’ē-əl, ān’tī-)
Destroying or inhibiting the growth of bacteria.
an’ti·bac·te’ri·al n.


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