A substance that prevents infection by killing bacteria. Most disinfectants are used on equipment or surfaces rather than in or on the body. Common disinfectants are halogens; salts of heavy metals; organic compounds such as formaldehyde, or alcohol 70%, iodoform, hydrogen peroxide, or ethylene oxide. The term is usually applied to a chemical or physical agent that kills vegetative forms of microorganisms.
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