Definition of bacteriostat in English:

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Pronunciation: /bakˈtirēəˌstat/


A substance that prevents the multiplying of bacteria without destroying them.
Example sentences
  • Application of insufficient amount of bacteriostat reduces the effectiveness of the water treatment.
  • A natural fungicide and bacteriostat, it also helps in the healing of wounds and reduces skin irritation.
  • The toner serves as a bacteriostat and the conditioners have a high amount of natural vitamins A, D, and E which are very good for healing.



Pronunciation: /-ˌti(ə)rēəˈstāsis/
Example sentences
  • In our comparative study of immune response after vaccination with BCG, in subjects from Chengalput, India and London, M. bovis BCG vaccination did not enhance bacteriostasis with the Indians, but did so with the subjects from London.
  • The effects of this treatment include bacteriostasis, gentle debridement, debris removal, and evaporative cooling (which lessens pruritus).
  • They showed that these drugs penetrated throughout lesions and caseous matter in concentrations adequate for bacteriostasis.


Pronunciation: /-ˌti(ə)rēəˈstatik/
Example sentences
  • Some antimicrobials are bactericidal whereas others are bacteriostatic.
  • Some antibiotics, such as azithromycin and clarithromycin, concentrate intracellularly, not in middle ear fluid, and are bacteriostatic, not bactericidal.
  • Concentrations of skin antiseptics and preservatives, although lower than disinfectants and sterilants, also demonstrate bacteriostatic and bactericidal effects versus nonsusceptible vegetative pathogens.


Example sentences
  • Doxycycline acts bacteriostatically by binding with ribosomes and thus inhibiting the bacterial protein synthesis.
  • All the styles are resistant to oils and greases, are silicone-free and feature a bacteriostatically treated liner.
  • Occasionally, multidrug-resistant enterococci may be bacteriostatically susceptible to tetracycline, chloramphenicol, fluoroquinolones, novobiocin, and rifampin.


Early 20th century: from bacterium + Greek statos 'standing'.

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Syllabification: bac·te·ri·o·stat

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