New Latin virus + English -i- + -cide
1924, in the meaning defined above
“Viricidal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/viricidal. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.
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