spermicide

noun

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 See all Example Sentences for spermicide 

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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 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

spermicide

noun
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

spermicide

noun
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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