Any agent that inhibits or retards bacterial growth. SYN: bacteriostatic agent.

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bac·te·ri·o·stat -'tir-ē-ō-.stat also bac·te·ri·o·stat·ic -.tir-ē-ō-'stat-ik n an agent that causes bacteriostasis

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bac·te·rio·stat (bak-tērґe-o-stat″) an agent that inhibits growth of bacteria; cf. antibacterial.

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  • bacteriostat — acteriostat n. a chemical or biological material that inhibits bacterial growth. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bacteriostat — A bacteriostat is a biological or chemical agent that causes bacteriostasis. It stops bacteria from reproducing, while not necessarily harming them otherwise. Upon removal of the bacteriostat, the bacteria usually start to grow again.… …   Wikipedia

  • bacteriostat — noun Date: 1920 an agent that causes bacteriostasis • bacteriostatic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bacteriostat — a chemical that restricts the proliferation of bacteria …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • bacteriostat — /bak tear ee euh stat /, n. a substance or preparation that inhibits the further growth of bacteria. [1915 20; BACTERIO + STAT] * * * …   Universalium

  • bacteriostat — noun A biological or chemical agent that causes bacteriostasis …   Wiktionary

  • bacteriostat — n. substance that slows or inhibits the growth of bacteria …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bacteriostat — [bak tɪərɪə(ʊ)stat] noun a substance that prevents the multiplying of bacteria without destroying them. Derivatives bacteriostasis noun bacteriostatic adjective Origin early 20th cent.: from bacterium + Gk statos standing …   English new terms dictionary

  • bacteriostat — bac·te·rio·stat …   English syllables

  • bacteriostat — bac•te•ri•o•stat [[t]bækˈtɪər i əˌstæt[/t]] n. mcr a substance or preparation that inhibits the further growth of bacteria • Etymology: 1915–20 …   From formal English to slang

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