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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(7) Cinnamon was next most powerful bacteriostatic agent at 10.3 mm, 11 mm, 11.3 mm and 12 mm respectively followed by ginger at 9.6 mm, 10.3 mm, 11 mm and 11.6 mm respectively.
One way to minimize upregulation, mutation, or both is by using bactericidal rather than merely bacteriostatic agents. 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.
AgION is registered by the EPA as a preservative and bacteriostatic agent for use in treated articles.
It is important to emphasize that the distinction between bactericidal and bacteriostatic agents is only applicable to in vitro assays and is somewhat arbitrary for clinical situations and of limited relevance regarding the majority of infections.
* Myth #6: Bactericidal agents are always superior to bacteriostatic agents. In fact, bacteriostatic agents are usually sufficient for individuals with normal immune function.