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13: Antimicrobial Drugs

An antimicrobial is an agent that kills microorganisms or stops their growth. Antimicrobial medicines can be grouped according to the microorganisms they act primarily against. For example, antibiotics are used against bacteria and antifungals are used against fungi

Thumbnail: Staphylococcus aureus - Antibiotics Test plate. Image used with permission (Public Domain; CDC / Provider: Don Stalons).​​​​​​