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Descriptor English: Disinfection
Descriptor Spanish: Desinfección
Descriptor Portuguese: Desinfecção
Descriptor French: Désinfection
Tree number(s): N06.850.780.200.450.850.375
SP8.946.819.820.789
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D004203
Scope note: Rendering pathogens harmless through the use of heat, antiseptics, antibacterial agents, etc.
Annotation: differentiate from STERILIZATION: DISINFECTION renders matter free of pathogens, STERILIZATION destroys all microbes; if in doubt, use the word of the text; disinfection of needles using household bleach Clorox, as by intravenous drug users, is indexed under DISINFECTION + NEEDLES + SODIUM HYPOCHLORITE
Allowable Qualifiers: CL classification
EC economics
ES ethics
HI history
IS instrumentation
LJ legislation & jurisprudence
MT methods
OG organization & administration
SN statistics & numerical data
ST standards
TD trends
Public MeSH Note: 91,63-66; was see under STERILIZATION 1967-90; was heading 1963-66
Online Note: use STERILIZATION to search DISINFECTION 1966-74
History Note: 91(75)63-66; was see under STERILIZATION 1967-90; was heading 1963-66
Entry Version: DISINFECT
DeCS ID: 27987
Unique ID: D004203
Documents indexed in the Virtual Health Library (VHL): Click here to access the VHL documents
Date Established: 1991/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2008/07/08
Disinfection - Preferred
Concept UI M0006573
Scope note Rendering pathogens harmless through the use of heat, antiseptics, antibacterial agents, etc.
Preferred term Disinfection



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