biocide

noun bio·cide \ ˈbī-ə-ˌsīd \

Definition of biocide

:a substance (such as an algicide or fungicide) that destroys or inhibits the growth or activity of living organisms
  • Sodium azide is an explosive, broad-spectrum biocide with toxicity comparable to sodium cyanide's.
  • —Science News

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First Known Use of biocide

1947


Medical Dictionary

biocide

noun bio·cide \ ˈbī-ə-ˌsīd \

medical Definition of biocide

:a substance (as glutaraldehyde) that is destructive to many different organisms

biocidal

play \ˌbī-ə-ˈsīd-ᵊl\ adjective

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