Definition of antimicrobial in English:

antimicrobial

Line breaks: anti|micro¦bial

adjective

  • Active against microbes.
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    • Some burns units treat difficult wounds such as facial burns by leaving them exposed and applying antimicrobial ointment.
    • Mammals make more than 500 antimicrobial peptides, and their ancestry dates back some 300 million years.
    • A variety of antimicrobial peptides are present in mammals.

noun

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  • An antimicrobial substance.
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    • Examples of such devices include catheters coated with heparin or an antibiotic agent, bone cements containing antimicrobials, and blood bags containing anticoagulant or preservation agents.
    • There is no evidence for prescribing combinations of topical steroids and antimicrobials over steroids alone.
    • Generally, patients who state they have a ‘sulfa’ allergy are referring to sulfonamide antimicrobials, such as sulfamethoxazole.

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