Definition : Germicides intended for use in gas-phase for killing and/or total inactivation (i.e., sterilization) of microorganisms (i.e., viruses, bacteria, fungi, and their spores). These germicides typically consist of one or a mixture of gases used in sterilizing units that include a closed chamber in which the time, temperature, and/or concentration of the germicidal during the sterilization process are controlled. Gas germicides must be eliminated after the sterilization cycle is complete. They are widely used to sterilize heat-sensitive surgical instruments and other reusable supplies including garments.
Entry Terms : "Gas Germicides" , "Gas Sterilants"
UMDC code : 18160