What is the difference between antibiotics and antibacterial?

antibiotics | antibacterial |


As nouns the difference between antibiotics and antibacterial

is that antibiotics is (antibiotic) while antibacterial is (pharmacology) a drug having the effect of killing or inhibiting bacteria.

As a adjective antibacterial is

killing or inhibiting bacteria.

antibiotics

English

Noun

(head)
  • antibacterial

    English

    Adjective

    (-)
  • Killing or inhibiting bacteria.
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    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (pharmacology) A drug having the effect of killing or inhibiting bacteria.
  • Many household products contain antibacterials .

    See also

    * antibiotic * antimicrobial * antiseptic * antiviral