disinfectant dis`in*fect"ant, n. That which disinfects, especially an agent for killing or removing the microorganisms which cause infection. Commonly used disinfectants are chlorine, sodium hypochlorite solution, hydrogen peroxide, and alcohol. [1913 Webster +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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