Authored by: A.D. Russell P.J. Ditchett

Encyclopedia of Environmental Science and Engineering

Print publication date:  June  2012
Online publication date:  June  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439804421
eBook ISBN: 9780203757659
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Disinfection is the destruction of microorganisms but not usually bacterial spores. Commercially, the term applies solely to the treatment of inanimate objects, and does not necessarily imply that all microorganisms are killed, but rather that they are reduced to a level not normally harmful to health.

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