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Unformatted text preview: – effective against a limited number of microorganisms.
Less likely to disrupt body's normal flora when used
systemically • More desirable alternative systemically. Some Terms:
– an agent used on objects that kills
microorganisms capable of producing infection.
– Not sterilization because does not kill spores,
viruses, or some very resistant bacteria. • Antiseptic
– agent used in living tissue that inhibits or kills
microorganisms capable of producing infection
– Not as strong as disinfectant. • Bactericide Some Terms:
Some – An agent that kills bacteria independent of immune system.
Generally affect bacterial cell walls or permeability of cell
• Penicillins, cephalosporins, polymyxin, vancomycin. – Topicals must be bactericidal. • Bacteriostatic
– A substance that inhibits growth and replication of bacteria.
– Requires assistance from body’s immune system. Generally
function as antimetabolites or inhibitors of protein synthesis.
– Caution if infection - life-threatening...
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