sper·​mi·​cide ˈspər-mə-ˌsīd How to pronounce spermicide (audio)
: a preparation or substance (such as nonoxynol-9) used to kill sperm
spermicidal adjective

Examples of spermicide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Barrier methods include a diaphragm, condoms, and spermicides. Sarah Klein, Health, 28 May 2024 According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, spermicide is only 28% effective when used alone. Emily Shiffer, Parents, 8 Apr. 2024 The options go way beyond spermicide: The Population Council is working on a product that will modify the vagina’s acidity to stop sperm from swimming properly, Sitruk-Ware told me. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 3 Apr. 2024 This might include external condoms, internal condoms, backup contraception, and spermicide. Elizabeth Boskey, Verywell Health, 15 Mar. 2023 Eight states already require health plans to cover, without a prescription or copayment, at least one contraceptive method sold over the counter, such as condoms or spermicide, said Tara Mancini, director of public policy at Power to Decide, an advocacy group that has analyzed state laws. Politifact Staff Writer, Dallas News, 21 July 2023 The second type of IUD is made with copper, which is a natural spermicide. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 26 Aug. 2022 The fibers can also release spermicide and other chemicals. Breanna Draxler, Discover Magazine, 5 Dec. 2012 There are many factors that can impact women getting UTIs, including the use of specific contraceptives like condoms with spermicide and lubricants. Hannah Hudnall, USA TODAY, 10 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spermicide was in 1929

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“Spermicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spermicide. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


sper·​mi·​cide ˈspər-mə-ˌsid How to pronounce spermicide (audio)
: a preparation or substance (as in a contraceptive) used to kill sperm

Medical Definition


sper·​mi·​cide ˈspər-mə-ˌsīd How to pronounce spermicide (audio)
: a preparation or substance (as nonoxynol-9) used to kill sperm

called also spermatocide

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