disinfection


verb (used with object)

  1. to cleanse (rooms, wounds, clothing, etc.) of infection; destroy disease germs in.

verb

  1. (tr) to rid of microorganisms potentially harmful to man, esp by chemical means
v.

1590s, perhaps from French désinfecter (16c.), or formed in English from dis- + infect. Related: Disinfected; disinfecting.

v.

  1. To cleanse something so as to destroy or prevent the growth of disease-carrying microorganisms.

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