microbicide

noun

mi·​cro·​bi·​cide mī-ˈkrō-bə-ˌsīd How to pronounce microbicide (audio)
: an agent that destroys microbes (such as bacteria)
microbicidal 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, 3 Apr. 2020 Another ingredient, the microbicide nonoxynol-9, has also been found to disrupt the balance of vaginal flora. Sofia Barrett-Ibarria, Allure, 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, 1 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

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 23 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

microbicide

noun
mi·​cro·​bi·​cide mī-ˈkrō-bə-ˌsīd How to pronounce microbicide (audio)
: an agent that destroys microbes

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