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Bactericides are chemical substances that bacteria kill. Bactericides belong to the group of microbicides .

Bactericides are found in the group of anti-infectives (for example some antibiotics ) and disinfectants .

The ability to kill pathogens is known as bactericidal . The adjective bactericidal describes the killing effect of a substance (e.g. an antibiotic) on bacteria. The pathogens need to be killed at least 99% within the first 4 hours after their application. In comparison, bacteriostatic substances only have a growth-inhibiting effect.

For historical reasons, too, the adjective tuberculocide is used for substances that have a bactericidal effect on tuberculosis pathogens .

See also


  • Klaus Grünewald: Theory of medical foot treatment. A specialist book for podiatry. Volume 1. 3rd, revised edition. Verlag Neuer Merkur GmbH, Munich 2006, ISBN 3-929360-60-8 , p. 232, ( digitized version ).

Web links

Wiktionary: bactericide  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. Hans Walter Striebel: The operative intensive care medicine: Safety in clinical practice . Schattauer Verlag, 2007, ISBN 978-3-7945-2480-8 , p. 642 ( digitized version ).