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A microorganism that needs oxygen in order to live and grow.
A microorganism that grows best in the absence of oxygen.
An agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth.
Free from infection or pathogens.
Pathogenic microorganisms capable of causing disease that are present in human blood.
Slender hairlike processes.
To soil or to make impure.
A specific eye, mouth, other mucous membrane, nonintact skin, or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that results from an employee's duties.
The process of cleaning or sanitizing the hands.
The condition in which the body or part of the body is invaded by a pathogen.
A microscopic plant or animal.
Skin that has a break in the surface.
A microorganism that does not normally cause disease.
Reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that may result from the performance of an employee's duties.
An infection resulting from a defective immune system that cannot defend the body from pathogens normally found in the environment.
The temperature at which an organism grows best.
Optimum growth temperature
A disease-producing microorganism.
The degree to which an a solution is acidic or basic.
Treatment administered to an individual after exposure to an infectious disease to prevent the disease.
Any wast containing infectious material that may pose a threat to health and safety.
Regulated medical waste
The organism that becomes infected by a pathogen and also serves as a source of transfer of pathogen to others.
Easily affected: lacking resistance.
Microorganisms that reside on the superficial skin layers and are picked up in the course of daily activities.
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