Sterilization & Disinfection
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A substance that kills disease-producing microorganisms but not their spores. This is usually applied to living tissue.
An apparatus for the sterilization of materials, using steam under pressure.
To soil, stain, or pollute; to make impure.
An item that comes in contact with sterile tissue or the vascular system.
The use of physical or chemical means to remove or destroy pathogens on an item so that it is no longer capable of transmitting disease; this makes the item safe to handle.
An agent that cleanses by emulsifying dirt & oil.
An agent used to destroy pathogenic microorganisms but not their spores. This is usually applied to inanimate objects.
Any chemical that presents a threat to the health & safety of an individual coming into contact with it.
To provide proper conditions for growth & development.
The articles that are being sterilized.
A sheet that provides information regarding a chemical, its hazards, & means to prevent injury & illness when handling the chemical. (MSDS)
MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET
An item that comes into contact with intact skin, but not mucous membranes.
A process to remove organic matter from an article & to reduce the number of microorganisms to a safe level as determind by public health requirements.
An item that comes into contact with nonintact skin or intact mucous membranes.
A hard, thick-walled capsule formed by some bacteria that contains only the essential parts of the protoplasm of the bacterial cell.
The process of destroying all forms of microbial life, including bacteria spores.
Easily affected or changed by heat.