mi·​cro·​bi·​cide | \ mī-ˈkrō-bə-ˌsīd How to pronounce microbicide (audio) \

Definition of microbicide

: an agent that destroys microbes (such as bacteria)

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Other Words from microbicide

microbicidal \ mī-​ˌkrō-​bə-​ˈsī-​dᵊl How to pronounce microbicidal (audio) \ adjective

Examples of microbicide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The research involved whether a vaginal microbicide was useful against AIDS, which was rampant in South Africa. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Gita Ramjee, a Leading AIDS Researcher, Dies at 63," 3 Apr. 2020 Another ingredient, the microbicide nonoxynol-9, has also been found to disrupt the balance of vaginal flora. Sofia Barrett-ibarria, Allure, "Your Guide to Body-Safe Lubes and What They're Made Of," 21 Sep. 2018 Today, other types of microbicides are being developed such as a vaginal ring that emits a very different anti-HIV drug. Washington Post, "Women’s bacteria thwarted attempt at anti-HIV vaginal gel," 1 June 2017

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First Known Use of microbicide

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microbicide was in 1887

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“Microbicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microbicide. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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mi·​cro·​bi·​cide | \ mī-ˈkrō-bə-ˌsīd How to pronounce microbicide (audio) \

Medical Definition of microbicide

: an agent that destroys microbes

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