• WordNet 3.6
    • adj disinfectant preventing infection by inhibiting the growth or action of microorganisms
    • n disinfectant an agent (as heat or radiation or a chemical) that destroys microorganisms that might carry disease
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Vaccines contain formaldehyde, ethylene glycol (antifreeze), phenol (disinfectant / pesticide), and aluminum.
    • n disinfectant That which disinfects, especially an agent for killing or removing the microorganisms which cause infection. Commonly used disinfectants are chlorine sodium hypochlorite solution hydrogen peroxide, and alcohol.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disinfectant Serving to disinfect; disinfecting.
    • n disinfectant An agent used for destroying the contagium or germs of infectious diseases. The disinfectants most used at present are heat, mercuric chlorid, sulphur dioxid (formed by burning sulphur), iron protosulphate, zinc chlorid, Labarraque's disinfecting solution (liquor sodæ chloratæ), and chlorinated lime, or so-called chlorid of lime (calx ehlorata). Deodorizers, or substances which destroy smells, are not necessarily disinfectants, and disinfectants do not always have an odor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Disinfectant anything that destroys the causes of infection
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In literature:

Sanitary arrangements were very bad and disinfectants unknown.
"'Brother Bosch', an Airman's Escape from Germany" by Gerald Featherstone Knight
There was a nauseating smell of beer and sweat and disinfectants.
"The Mother" by Norman Duncan
Disinfectants, of course, are first in importance, and they have been used with no sparing hand.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
It may be used as a gas where rooms are to be disinfected, or applied as a liquid where desired.
"Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition" by H. L. Russell
Every evening carts were sent round, the drivers who smoked tobacco as a disinfectant, crying out, 'Bring out your Dead.
"The History of London" by Walter Besant
This might make one suppose that he either knows or divines the disinfecting properties of charcoal.
"My Friends the Savages" by Giovanni Battista Cerruti
It is much safer to enlarge such a wound, pare away the bruised edges, and disinfect the raw surfaces.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Disinfect outdoor water-closets and cover with gravel or slacked lime.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Finally the floor was cleared, and the place closed up for disinfection.
"Hepsey Burke" by Frank Noyes Westcott
I've been disinfected and fumigated till I couldn't hardly breathe.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
It is a mere question of endurance and of disinfectants.
"Aino Folk-Tales" by Basil Hall Chamberlain
I always have to carry disinfectants with me when I come here.
"Australia Revenged" by Boomerang
On approaching we could smell nothing but disinfectant; we thought this strange.
"My Diary in Serbia: April 1, 1915-Nov. 1, 1915" by Monica M. Stanley
Our duty is to disinfect thoroughly, to banish the absurdities of religious dogma from our schools.
"The Progressionists, and Angela." by Conrad von Bolanden
One of the best disinfectants for latrines and garbage pits is smouldering tar paper.
"Campward Ho!" by Unknown
The room was dark and smelled of alcohol and disinfectant.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
The next day was spent in bathing and having our clothes completely disinfected.
"The Escaping Club" by A. J. Evans
When an entire nest is taken it should be disinfected with hyposulphite of soda or insect-powder.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
The air was disagreeable with the odor of strong disinfectant which had been used on the bare wood floor.
"Whispering Walls" by Mildred A. Wirt
Disinfectants and precautionary measures were almost unknown in those days.
"Mohawks, Volume 1 of 3" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

In news:

Rosenthal R, Bell W, Schlech B Evaluation of a New Contact Lens Disinfectant Formulation for Disinfectant Efficacy.
CHRISTINE W SINDT, OD, FAAO: In my opinion, no patient understands the difference between a multipurpose disinfecting solution (MPDS) and a multipurpose solution (MPS).
Solar radiation reduces the bacterial content of water, and may therefore offer a method for disinfection of drinking water that requires few resources and no expertise.
The reason open-records laws are often called "sunshine laws" is the belief that public access to information will have the same disinfecting impact as opening to sunshine dark places awash in mold and slime.
This creates a mildly disinfecting solution that can be used to flush the toilet.
When it comes to the methods to increase, or boost, the low level of disinfectant in distribution water, information is scarceThere is no shortage to the available information in regard to disinfection methods from principle to application.
Eco-Safe Systems USA will provide ozone disinfection systems for national chain.
Eco-Safe Systems USA Inc announced a purchase order for the installation of its NSF-registered ozone disinfection systems for 17 locations of a large national restaurant chain .
(WQA) handbook, "Guidelines for Disinfection and Sanitization of Water Treatment Equipment," states: "Sources of contamination could be introduced to the water treatment system during manufacturing, installation and service of the system.
A Lynchburg-based company disinfected Staunton River High School (SRHS), Staunton River Middle School and Huddleston Elementary School last week.
Electrolytic disinfection technology to be used on luxury yacht.
Severn Trent Services has donated 11 portable electrolytic water disinfection systems to humanitarian agencies working in Haiti to assist in the effort to provide safe drinking water to the residents of that country.
A government veterinarian worker sprays anti-bird flu disinfectant over birds and fowls at Medan city market in North Sumatra province.
The increased use of engineering thermoplastics in medical devices has resulted in material solutions that have the capability of efficient sterilization and/or disinfection while meeting stringent overall property performance requirements.
Solar Toilet Disinfects Waste, Makes Hydrogen Fuel.

In science:

This compact machine (about 3 m in diameter) is operated continuously all year long and can reach beam intensities up to 100 mA for food disinfection.
Intense Source of Slow Positrons
Then, the system quarantines these nodes and starts a disinfection process.
Next Challenges in Bringing Artificial Immune Systems to Production in Network Security
Examples are to add novel artificial cells for the identification of new intrusions or to disinfect a node using an artificial cell.
Next Challenges in Bringing Artificial Immune Systems to Production in Network Security
Otherwise, the system quarantines the node quickly and informs the administrator for disinfection.
Next Challenges in Bringing Artificial Immune Systems to Production in Network Security
Infected nodes are identified and disinfected as well as backdoors are identified by regular checks; the information are used in order to develop a protection strategy.
Next Challenges in Bringing Artificial Immune Systems to Production in Network Security
Thus, SANA protects the network against worms as well as viruses and also disinfects it.
Next Challenges in Bringing Artificial Immune Systems to Production in Network Security
Smorodov, ’Control of diaphragm type electrolysis cell for water disinfection based on nonlinear nonstationary models’ (in Russian), Scientific and technical statements of SPbSTU.
Numerical homotopy continuation for control and online identification of nonlinear systems: the survey of selected results