1. antimicrobial

noun. an agent (as heat or radiation or a chemical) that destroys microorganisms that might carry disease.


  • cetrimide
  • germicide
  • agent
  • antimicrobic
  • sodium hypochlorite


  • unwholesome
  • unsanitary
  • infective
  • unmedicinal

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2. antimicrobial

adjective. capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of disease-causing microorganisms.


  • antimicrobic


  • septic
  • special agent

Sentences with antimicrobial

1. Adjective
If you already keep tea tree oil in your house for its antimicrobial properties, we have good news: It helps keep non-microscopic invaders at bay, as well.

2. Noun, singular or mass
Malic acid is often paired with citric acid to create an effective antimicrobial, but in food it is often used to provide a distinct, sour taste to products like sour candies and fruit drinks as an additive.