Antibacterial (disambiguation)

Antibacterial usually refers to an antibiotic, a principal type of antimicrobial agent used mainly against bacteria; it may kill or inhibit them.

Antibacterial may also refer to:

  • Antiseptic, a principal type of antimicrobial agent used mainly against bacteria; it may kill or inhibit them
  • Disinfectant, an agent to impair microbes in cleaning/sanitation but not taken internally as medicine; it may kill or inhibit them
  • Bactericide, an agent that kills bacteria populations
  • Bacteriostatic agent, an agent that does not kill bacteria populations but inhibits their growth
  • Antibacterial soap, whose active ingredient may be any of the above

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