Less likely to disrupt bodys normal flora when used

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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: Some • Disinfectant – 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 membrane. • 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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