Introduction to Controlling Microbial Growth

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Introduction to Controlling Microbial Growth The control of microbial growth may involve sterilization, disinfection, antisepsis, sanitization, or  degerming.  Sterilization  is the destruction of all forms of microbial life, with particular attention to  bacterial spores. Disinfection and antisepsis both refer to destruction of microbial pathogens,  although some organisms, such as bacterial spores, may remain alive.  Disinfection  refers to the  destruction of pathogenic organisms on an inanimate (lifeless) object, such as a table-top, while  antisepsis  refers to that destruction on a living object, such as the skin surface.  Sanitization  refers to the reduction in the number of pathogens to a level deemed safe by public  health guidelines.  Degerming  is the physical removal of microorganisms by using such things as  soaps or detergents. 
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