Definition of disinfect in English:
Clean (something), especially with a chemical, in order to destroy bacteria: he disinfected and dressed the cut on his forehead
More example sentences
- 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.
sterilize, sanitize, clean, cleanse, purify, decontaminate;
Late 16th century (in the sense 'rid of infection'): from French désinfecter, from dés- (expressing reversal) + infecter 'to infect'.
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