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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [an-tahy, an-tee bak-teer-ee-uh]
    • /ˈæn taɪ, ˈæn ti bækˈtɪər i ə/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [an-tahy, an-tee bak-teer-ee-uh]
    • /ˈæn taɪ, ˈæn ti bækˈtɪər i ə/

Definition of anti-bacterial word

  • adjective anti-bacterial destructive to or inhibiting the growth of bacteria. 1

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Origin of anti-bacterial

First appearance:

before 1895
One of the 18% newest English words
First recorded in 1895-1900; anti- + bacterial

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Parts of speech for Anti-bacterial


anti-bacterial popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 71% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

Synonyms for anti-bacterial

adj anti-bacterial

  • hygienic — conducive to good health; healthful; sanitary.
  • sterile — free from living germs or microorganisms; aseptic: sterile surgical instruments.
  • clean — Something that is clean is free from dirt or unwanted marks.
  • antibiotic — Antibiotics are medical drugs used to kill bacteria and treat infections.
  • prophylactic — defending or protecting from disease or infection, as a drug.

Antonyms for anti-bacterial

adj anti-bacterial

  • unclean — not clean; dirty.
  • unsanitary — not sanitary; unhealthy or unhealthful; tending to harbor or spread disease: unsanitary living conditions.
  • dirty — soiled with dirt; foul; unclean: dirty laundry.
  • contaminated — made impure by the addition of a harmful or undesirable substance
  • polluted — made unclean or impure; contaminated; tainted: swimming in polluted waters.

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