spermicide

noun
sper·​mi·​cide | \ ˈspər-mə-ˌsīd How to pronounce spermicide (audio) \

Definition of spermicide

: a preparation or substance (such as nonoxynol-9) used to kill sperm

Other Words from spermicide

spermicidal \ ˌspər-​mə-​ˈsī-​dəl How to pronounce spermicide (audio) \ adjective

Examples of spermicide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But other costs can add up over time, like routine checkups for prescription refills, emergency contraception if your BC fails, plus over-the-counter purchases like condoms and spermicide. Lauren Krouse, SELF, 22 Nov. 2021 Additionally, spermicide, which is found in some lubes, is a pretty harsh, potentially irritating ingredient to be rubbing onto your face. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, 21 Nov. 2021 Additionally, spermicide, which is found in some lubes, is a pretty harsh, potentially irritating ingredient to be rubbing onto your face. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, 17 Nov. 2021 Examples of effective methods can include condoms or spermicide, which do not contain hormones. Noel Mumford, Essence, 27 May 2021 The group recommends the use of spermicide in addition to another methods like condoms. Bailey Lipschultz, Bloomberg.com, 7 June 2020 Cons: Not for those allergic to silicone or spermicide; can be tricky to insert; may lead to more urinary infections. The Editors, Marie Claire, 14 June 2019 Most brands of condoms do contain spermicide — just check the label on the box to be sure. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, 31 Oct. 2017 Lemon juice and other acidic substances were tried long before modern spermicides landed in condoms. National Geographic, 19 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of spermicide

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 4 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for spermicide

spermicide

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spermicide

: a substance that is used to kill sperm in order to prevent pregnancy

spermicide

noun
sper·​mi·​cide | \ ˈspər-mə-ˌsīd How to pronounce spermicide (audio) \

Medical Definition of spermicide

: a preparation or substance (as nonoxynol-9) used to kill sperm

called also spermatocide

More from Merriam-Webster on spermicide

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