Bactericidal vs Bacteriostatic: Mnemonic series # 29
What is the difference bactericidal and bacteriostatic antibiotics ?
Bacteriostatic = Definition of Bacteriostatic Agents @Pharmacy Dictionary By Pushpendra Patel
Bactericidal vs Bacteriostatic Drugs / Definition / Concept
A bacteriostatic agent or bacteriostat, abbreviated Bstatic, is a biological or chemical agent that stops bacteria from reproducing, while not necessarily killing them otherwise. Depending on their application, bacteriostatic antibiotics, disinfectants, antiseptics and preservatives can be distinguished. When bacteriostatic antimicrobials are used, the duration of therapy must be sufficient to allow host defense mechanisms to eradicate the bacteria. Upon removal of the bacteriostat, the bacteria usually start to grow again. This is in contrast to bactericides, which kill bacteria.
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