What really happens when the bacteria get exposed to a bacteriostatic drug? Bactericidal drugs cause cellular destruction but the static drugs, as per description are said to prevent the bacteria from replicating. But apart from this what happens to the bacteria, is it able to exist and function as a physiologically normal cell which has a single handicap in the form of not being able to replicate? Or is there any additional affection? What really happens to its metabolism? Does it still take up resources from the surrounding? Would be really grateful if someone can point to any specific references pertaining to this.