antibacterial etymology

English word antibacterial comes from English anti-, English bacterial ((microbiology) Of, relating to, or caused by bacteria.)

Detailed word origin of antibacterial

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
anti- English (eng) (immunology) That reacts with immunoglobins found in the specified animal.. Against, hostile to.. Contrasting with the norm.. Counteracting, neutralizing.. Opposite of, reverse.. Physically opposite: applied to mountain ranges.. Related to antiparticles.
bacterial English (eng) (microbiology) Of, relating to, or caused by bacteria.
antibacterial English (eng) (archaic) Opposing the theory that diseases are caused by bacteria.. Killing or inhibiting bacteria. (pharmacology) A drug having the effect of killing or inhibiting bacteria.

Words with the same origin as antibacterial

Descendants of anti-
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