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Last updated: September 18, 2017

What Does Bactericide Mean?

Bactericide is a chemical agent that helps to prevent the formation of bacteria. Bactericides are often used as additives in coatings and corrosion inhibitors.

Bactericides are used to control corrosion caused by bacteria, such as sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB).

Bactericide is also known as bacteriocide, and is sometimes abbreviated Bcidal.


Corrosionpedia Explains Bactericide

Bactericides are chemical (such as bleach) or physical (such as heat) substances that kill bacteria, whether pathogenic or not. Bactericides can be:

  • Disinfectants – The most commonly used disinfectants are those applying active chlorine, oxygen, iodine, concentrated alcohols, phenolic substances and cationic surfactants.
  • Antiseptics – The most commonly used antiseptics are peroxides, phenolic compounds, alcohols and iodine.
  • Antibiotics – They slow growth or reproduction of bacteria and some antibiotics, which inhibit cell wall synthesis.

It is found that an improved corrosion inhibitor-bactericide is useful in retarding or preventing corrosion of metallic equipment in oil wells and connecting pipelines in intermediate storage to the refinery for crude oil.

Bactericide can also be used to help control bacteria growth in water and corrosion of tanks and piping.





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