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Definition of Antimicrobial agent

Antimicrobial agent: A general term for drugs, chemicals, or other substances that either kill or slow the growth of microbes. Among the antimicrobial agents are antibacterial drugs, antiviral agents, antifungal agents, and antiparisitic drugs.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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