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An agent used to destroy microorganisms; a disinfectant.
Any substance used to sterilise something
A Sterilant is a type of antimicrobial that kills (or irreversibly inactivates) all bacteria, fungi, and viruses (called microbials, micro biologicals, microorganisms), including their spores (hardened form) which are among the most difficult-to-kill forms of life. Some sterilants (such as pure chlorine or chlorine dioxide) are also powerful oxidising agents. Non-chemical sterilants include very high temperature and intense radiation.
Sterilants are sometimes also known as sporicides or sterilisers.
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This glossary post was last updated: 28th December 2019.