autocidal

adjective au·to·ci·dal

Definition of autocidal

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of autocidal

aut- + -cide + 1-al


First Known Use: 1960


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