bacteriostatic acteriostatic adj. 1. of or pertaining to bacteriostasis or a bacteriostat. [WordNet 1.5]

2. causing bacteriostasis; -- said of chemical substances, such as certain antibacterial agents. [PJC]

Note: Substances, such as antibiotics, which inhibit bacterial growth are usually classified as bacteriostatic or bacteriocidal depending on the rate at which bacteria exposed to the agents[4] die. The rates of death of bacteria exposed to antibacterial agents[4] are, however, dependent on the concentration of the agent[4], and form a continuum with some antibacterial agents[4] of intermediate type. The penicillins are considered as typical bactericidal agents, and chloramphenicol or the sulfa drugs as typical bacteriostatic agents. In general, inhibitors of cell-wall synthesis will be bactericidal and many inhibitors of protein synthesis are classed as bacteriostatic, but some of the aminoglycosides also kill bacteria rapidly. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • bacteriostatic — adj. capable of inhibiting or retarding the growth and multiplication of bacteria. Erythromycin is bacteriostatic. Compare: bactericidal …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • bacteriostatic — adjective see bacteriostat …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bacteriostatic — (bak te re o stat ik) Inhibiting the growth and reproduction of bacteria …   Dictionary of microbiology

  • bacteriostatic — Adjective applied to substances that inhibit the growth of bacteria without necessarily killing them …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • bacteriostatic — See bacteriostat. * * * …   Universalium

  • bacteriostatic — adjective Of or relating to bacteriostasis or a bacteriostat …   Wiktionary

  • bacteriostàtic — bac|te|ri|os|tà|tic Mot Pla Adjectiu variable …   Diccionari Català-Català

  • bacteriostatic — adj. slows or inhibits the growth of bacteria …   English contemporary dictionary

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