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Bacteriostatic agent is a one type of antibiotic which inhibits the growth of bacteria. The bacteria don't die, but they can't grow or replicate either. Disinfectants, antiseptics, bacteriostatic antibiotics and preservatives can be distinguished depending upon their application.
Bacteriostatic antibiotics limit the growth of bacteria by interfering with bacterial protein production, DNA replication, or other aspects of bacterial cellular metabolism. They must work together with the immune system to remove the microorganisms from the body. Bacteriostats are often used in plastics to prevent growth of bacteria on surfaces. Bacteriostats commonly used in laboratory work include sodium azide (which is acutely toxic) and thiomersal (which is a mutagen in mammalian cells). Depending on their application, bacteriostatic antibiotics, disinfectants, antiseptics and preservatives can be distinguished.
Related Journals of Bacteriostatic drugs
Journal of Bacteriology & Parasitology, Mycobacterial Diseases, Journal of Bacteriology, Japanese Journal of Bacteriology, Journal of Bacteriology and Virology, Journal of Basic Microbiology.