disinfectant

If you need to clean a nasty mess, grab some disinfectant. It's a powerful cleanser that kills bacteria.

Disinfectant is a chemical that can destroy dangerous microorganisms — using it is the next best thing to sterilization. If someone in your family has had the flu, it makes sense to use a disinfectant when you clean the bathroom, just in case there are lingering germs on the doorknobs and faucets. Disinfectants are similar to antibiotics and antiseptics, except they're used on objects and surfaces rather than on (or in) our bodies.

Definitions of disinfectant
  1. noun
    an agent (as heat or radiation or a chemical) that destroys microorganisms that might carry disease
    synonyms: antimicrobial, antimicrobic, germicide
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    types:
    cetrimide
    a cationic detergent that is a powerful disinfectant
    sodium hypochlorite
    an unstable salt (NaOCl) used as a bleaching agent and disinfectant
    Javel water, Javelle water, eau de Javelle
    an aqueous solution of sodium hypochlorite
    type of:
    agent
    a substance that exerts some force or effect
  2. adjective
    preventing infection by inhibiting the growth or action of microorganisms
    synonyms: bactericidal, germicidal
    antiseptic
    thoroughly clean and free of or destructive to disease-causing organisms
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