autocidal

adjective
au·​to·​ci·​dal

Definition of autocidal

: controlling or eradicating populations of noxious insects (such as the screwworm) by reducing their capacity to produce viable or fertile offspring (as by the introduction of sterile males) autocidal procedures autocidal effects

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First Known Use of autocidal

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for autocidal

aut- + -cide + -al entry 1

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