Definition of sterilant in English:

sterilant

Line breaks: ster¦il|ant
Pronunciation: /ˈstɛrɪl(ə)nt
 
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noun

1An agent used to destroy microorganisms; a disinfectant.
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  • Concentrations of skin antiseptics and preservatives, although lower than disinfectants and sterilants, also demonstrate bacteriostatic and bactericidal effects versus nonsusceptible vegetative pathogens.
  • She noted that an important step in the sterilization process is to ensure that all internal surfaces of an item are exposed to high-level disinfectants or sterilants during the process.
  • Failure to do so will result in disinfection failure because the disinfectant / sterilant may not be exposed to all surfaces of the endoscope.
1.1A chemical agent used to destroy pests and diseases in the soil, especially fungi and nematodes.
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  • Some strong herbicides, such as soil sterilants used in alleyways, around utility equipment, or along sidewalks, can be absorbed by roots and easily can kill trees.

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