Define: Sterilant

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Definition: Sterilant

Quick Summary of Sterilant

An agent used to destroy microorganisms; a disinfectant.

What is the dictionary definition of Sterilant?

Dictionary Definition

Any substance used to sterilise something


Full Definition of Sterilant

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.


Synonyms For Sterilant

sterilization, sterilisation, sterilizing, sterile, sterilize

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Sterilant are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 28th December 2019.