a microorganism that needs oxygen to live and grow.
a microorganism that grows best in the absence of oxygen.
an agent that kills disease-producing microorganisms but not their spores. An antiseptic is usually applied to living tissue.
free from infection or pathogens; the actions practiced to make and maintain an object free from infection or pathogens.
slender, hairlike projections that constantly beat toward the outside to remove microorganisms from the body
to soil or to make impure.
the use of physical or chemical means to remove, inactivate, or destroy bloodborne pathogens on a surface or item to the point where they are no longer capable of transmitting infectious particles, and the surface or item is rendered safe for handling, use, or disposal.
The process of cleansing or sanitizing the hands.
the condition in which the body, or part of it, is invaded by a pathogen
practices that are employed to reduce the number and hinder the transmissions of pathogens.
a microscopic plant or animal visable only with microscope
skin that has a break in the surface. It includes, but is not limited to, abrasions, cuts, hangnails, paper cuts, and burns.
a microorganism that does not normally produce disease.
an infection resulting from a defective immune system that cannot defend the body from pathogens normally found in the environment.
optimum growth temperature
the temperature at which an organism grows best
a disease-producing organism.
regulated medical waste (RMW)
medical waste that poses a threat to health and safety.
the organism that becomes infected by a pathogen and serves as a source of transfer of the pathogen to others.
harmless, nonpathogenic microorganisms that normally reside on the skin and usually do not cause disease; also known as normal flora.
easily affected; lacking resistance
pathogens picked up during brief contact with contaminated reseviors