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Stedman's Pocket Medical Dictionary Dictionary of Biomedical Sciences Dictionary of Dentistry

The word antifungal refers to therapeutic agents (e.g. natural substances such as herbs, oils, or essences, or conventional pharmaceutical drugs) that kills / destroys fungal infections. Some text describe the action of antifungal agents as "combating or preventing" fungal infections.

The meaning of the term antifungal is easily remembered from its form:

  • The anti- part of the word refers to the fact that this agent combats/attacks something, and
  • the -fungal part of the word indicates that the something it combats "fungi", or fungal infections.

Note that another term whose meaning is the same as antifungal is fungicidal.

Stedman's Pocket Medical Dictionary Illustrated Dictionary of Midwifery Dictionary of Biomedical Sciences Dictionary of Dentistry

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