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What is the primary difference between an antiseptic and a disinfectant?

Option: 1

Antiseptics are used on living tissues, while disinfectants are used on inanimate objects.

Option: 2

Antiseptics are stronger than disinfectants and kill a wider range of microbes.

Option: 3

Disinfectants are used to sterilize medical equipment, while antiseptics are used for cleaning wounds.

Option: 4

None of the above.

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Antiseptics are used to kill or inhibit the growth of microorganisms on living tissues like skin, while disinfectants are used to eliminate or reduce the number of microbes on inanimate objects like medical equipment, surfaces, and floors.

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2) Antiseptics are not necessarily stronger than disinfectants, and their effectiveness can vary depending on the specific product and its concentration.

3) Disinfectants can be used for a variety of purposes, including sterilizing medical equipment, but they are also used in other settings such as homes and public spaces to control the spread of infections.

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