Antimicrobial Agents

What are antimicrobial agents? You may have heard of antibiotics or even used them yourself. An antibiotic is a type of antimicrobial that is effective in treating bacterial infections. 'Antimicrobial' is a term used to cover many different compounds that can halt the growth of microbial cells.

Antimicrobial compounds can be non-selective (such as disinfectants and steriliants) or selectively toxic, meaning they target a specific type of microorganism.

Find out more about non-selective and selective antimicrobials on the following pages:

  • Non-selective antimicrobials
  • Selective antimicrobials