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Bacteriostats are often used in plastics to prevent growth of bacteria on the plastic surface. This is in contrast to bacteriocides, which kill bacteria. Bacteriostats commonly used in laboratory work include sodium azide and thimerosol. This bacteria-related article is a stub. — “Bacteriostat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”, en.wikipedia.org
Hence, "local doubling" of the bacterial population occurs. Both daughter cells from the division do not necessarily survive. Bacterial growth can be suppressed with bacteriostats, without necessarily killing the bacteria. — “Bacterial growth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”, en.wikipedia.org
However, when you consider the degree of action needed to hold a microbe in stasis (e.g., bacteriostatic), rather than killing it (e.g., bacteriocidal), the probability of building up resistance to bacteriostats would far exceed the ability to develop resistance to bacteriocides!. — “Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Science/2009 January 27”, en.wikipedia.org