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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disinfection(noun)

    treatment to destroy harmful microorganisms


  1. disinfection(Noun)

    Treatment with disinfectant materials in order to destroy harmful microorganisms

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disinfection(noun)

    the act of disinfecting; purification from infecting matter

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Disinfection

    Rendering pathogens harmless through the use of heat, antiseptics, antibacterial agents, etc.


  1. Disinfectants

    Disinfectants are antimicrobial agents that are applied to non-living objects to destroy microorganisms that are living on the objects. Disinfection does not necessarily kill all microorganisms, especially resistant bacterial spores; it is less effective than sterilization, which is an extreme physical and/or chemical process that kills all types of life. Disinfectants are different from other antimicrobial agents such as antibiotics, which destroy microorganisms within the body, and antiseptics, which destroy microorganisms on living tissue. Disinfectants are also different from biocides — the latter are intended to destroy all forms of life, not just microorganisms. Disinfectants work by destroying the cell wall of microbes or interfering with the metabolism. Sanitizers are substances that simultaneously clean and disinfect. Disinfectants are frequently used in hospitals, dental surgeries, kitchens, and bathrooms to kill infectious organisms. Bacterial endospores are most resistant to disinfectants, but some viruses and bacteria also possess some tolerance.

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