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disinfectant

dis·in·fect·ant

disinfectant

 
pronunciation:
dIs ihn fek tnt
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition: any chemical substance that destroys infection-causing organisms.
similar words:
antiseptic
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: acting as a disinfectant.
a disinfectant ointment
similar words:
antiseptic
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  bacteria, hygiene, injury
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The word disinfectant contains the following part:
-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means In nouns: one who or that which does the action denoted by the base verb.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.