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Antimicrobials: An Introduction
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Antimicrobials: An Introduction

Antimicrobial agents kill or stop the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoans. (Antimicrobial derives from the Greek for “against little life.”) The term describes medicines as well as substances used to disinfect surfaces.

Antimicrobial medicines derived from microorganisms — an example is penicillin — are called antibiotics.

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