Any chemical or process that will kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria. Other organisms, such as bacteriophages can act as bactericides. Some processes, such as irradiation, will also kill germs. Examples of some chemicals used as antiseptics are hexachlorophene; chlorophenol, and quaternary ammonium salts.
See also disinfectant.
Synonyms and Related Terms
germicide; antiseptic; disinfectant; antibiotic; biocide
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