1. destroy microorganisms or pathogens by cleansing; - Example: "disinfect a wound"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Disinfect \Dis`in*fect"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Disinfected; p.
pr. & vb. n. Disinfecting.]
To free from infectious or contagious matter; to destroy
putrefaction; to purify; to make innocuous.
When the infectious matter and the infectious matter
and the odoriferous matter are one . . . then to
deodorize is to disinfect. --Ure.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: destroy microorganisms or pathogens by cleansing;
"disinfect a wound" [ant: infect, taint]