bio·​cid·​al | \ ˌbī-ə-ˈsī-dᵊl How to pronounce biocidal (audio) \

Definition of biocidal

: destructive to life

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Recent Examples on the Web Schuerger’s team is also expanding their tests to see how organisms respond to additional biocidal factors. National Geographic, "Going to Mars Could Mess Up the Hunt for Alien Life," 25 Sep. 2016

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1897, in the meaning defined above

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“Biocidal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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