bacteriostatic agent


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bacteriostatic agent

[‚bak¦tir·ē·ō¦stad·ik ′ā·jənt]
(microbiology)
A substance that inhibits the growth of bacteria.
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Garlic is considered to be a strong, broad spectrum bacteriostatic agent effective against 75-100% (6) of bacteria and is especially effective against a wide range of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Microorganisms inhibited by a bacteriostatic agent or exposed to an insufficient concentration of a bactericidal agent remain alive and, ipso facto, retain the potential to become resistant or promulgate any resistance selected by the exposure to the antimicrobial agent.
In fact, bacteriostatic agents are usually sufficient for individuals with normal immune function.
This higher antibacterial activity of the metal complexes compared to ligand is may be due to the change in structure due to coordination and chelating tends to make metal complexes act as more powerful and potent bacteriostatic agents, thus inhibiting the growth of the bacteria.
These are also available to all optometrists and are chemical agents (ie, anti-infectives not antibiotics) best described as general-purpose bacteriostatic agents.