Definition of disinfect in English:


Syllabification: dis·in·fect
Pronunciation: /ˌdisinˈfekt


[with object]
  • Clean (something) with a disinfectant in order to destroy bacteria: he disinfected and dressed the cut on his forehead
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    • Destroy badly diseased plants, and thoroughly clean and disinfect their containers before reusing them.
    • Today doctors use medicinal maggots to clean wounds by dissolving dead tissue and to disinfect them by killing bacteria.
    • And once you bring home your new pet, you need to be ready for years of daily food preparation, cleaning and disinfecting the cage.



Pronunciation: /-ˈfekSHən/
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  • Precautions for droplet infection should be instituted, including the wearing of masks and rigorous disinfection and hygiene procedures.
  • Chemicals have been used for disinfection and sterilization in the perioperative environment for decades.
  • The items should be cleaned as soon as possible after use and thoroughly dried before disinfection or sterilization.


late 16th century (in the sense 'rid of infection'): from French désinfecter, from dés- (expressing reversal) + infecter 'to infect'.

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