Meaning of “disinfectant” in the English Dictionary

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"disinfectant" in British English

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disinfectantnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌdɪs.ɪnˈfek.tənt/ us /ˌdɪs.ɪnˈfek.t̬ənt/

Examples from literature

  • An odour of disinfectants pervaded the atmosphere. 
  • For this reason chloride of lime is an excellent disinfectant of drainpipes. 
  • He had also brought sundry disinfectants, and gave instructions about fumigating and disinfecting the yacht. 
  • There was a faint and not unpleasant smell of disinfectants. 
  • This substance, which is well known for its bleaching properties is a useful disinfectant. 

(Definition of “disinfectant” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"disinfectant" in American English

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disinfectantnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌdɪs·ɪnˈfek·tənt/

a substance that contains chemicals that kill bacteria and is used esp. for cleaning surfaces in bathrooms and kitchens

(Definition of “disinfectant” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)