germicidal

adjective
ger·​mi·​cid·​al | \ ˌjər-mə-ˈsī-dᵊl How to pronounce germicidal (audio) \

Definition of germicidal

: of or relating to a germicide also : destroying germs

Examples of germicidal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The impact of continuous germicidal irradiation exposure on the overall environmental microbiome also needs to be understood. Karl Linden, The Conversation, "Ultraviolet light can make indoor spaces safer during the pandemic – if it’s used the right way," 9 Sep. 2020 Jim Malley, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of New Hampshire, said germicidal UVC light has been used for decades to disinfect surfaces and kill viruses. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "What is UV light and can it kill the coronavirus? Here's everything you need to know," 4 Aug. 2020 Research already shows that germicidal UV can effectively inactivate airborne microbes that transmit measles, tuberculosis and SARS-CoV-1, a close relative of the novel coronavirus. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, "Ultraviolet light is getting attention in fight against coronavirus," 4 Aug. 2020 That move yielded eight ultraviolet germicidal machines that use the disinfecting light to clean rooms in about five minutes. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, "COVID-19: Pandemic pushes high-tech, low-tech innovation at hospitals," 28 Aug. 2020 There's been an explosion of products on offer to fight coronavirus, including germicidal lamps. Maggie Fox, CNN, "Ultraviolet UVC sanitizers can be dangerous and have limited use against coronavirus, warns FDA," 20 Aug. 2020 Research already shows that germicidal UV can effectively inactivate airborne microbes that transmit measles, tuberculosis and SARS-CoV-1, a close relative of the novel coronavirus. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, "Ultraviolet light is getting attention in fight against coronavirus," 4 Aug. 2020 Research already shows that germicidal UV can effectively inactivate airborne microbes that transmit measles, tuberculosis and SARS-CoV-1, a close relative of the novel coronavirus. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, "Ultraviolet light is getting attention in fight against coronavirus," 4 Aug. 2020 Wavelengths between 200-300 nm are considered germicidal, as they are strongly absorbed by nucleic acids. Gregg Ellman Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, "A magic wand to kill germs," 5 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of germicidal

1870, in the meaning defined above

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23 Sep 2020

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“Germicidal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/germicidal. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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germicidal

adjective
ger·​mi·​cid·​al | \ ˌjər-mə-ˈsīd-ᵊl How to pronounce germicidal (audio) \

Medical Definition of germicidal

: of or relating to a germicide also : destroying germs

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