To destroy pathogenic microorganisms in or on any substance or to inhibit their growth and vital activity.
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dis·in·fect .dis-ən-'fekt vt to free from infection esp. by destroying harmful microorganisms
dis·in·fec·tion -'fek-shən n

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dis·in·fect (dis″in-fektґ) [dis-1 + L. inficere to corrupt] to free from pathogenic organisms, or to render them inert; see also disinfection.

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