vi·​ru·​cid·​al | \ ˌvī-rə-ˈsī-dᵊl How to pronounce virucidal (audio) \

Definition of virucidal

: having the capacity to or tending to destroy or inactivate viruses virucidal agents virucidal activity

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Other Words from virucidal

virucide \ ˈvī-​rə-​ˌsīd How to pronounce virucide (audio) \ noun

Examples of virucidal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Soft furnishings, according to the guidelines, should be cleaned with hot water and detergent, followed by steam cleaning that reaches at least 158 degrees or a virucidal disinfectant. Hannah Sampson, Anchorage Daily News, "Cruises know how to clean after an illness outbreak. But what does a coronavirus cleanup look like?," 26 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of virucidal

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for virucidal

viru(s) + -cide + -al entry 1

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The first known use of virucidal was in 1925

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Cite this Entry

“Virucidal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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vi·​ru·​cid·​al | \ ˌvī-rə-ˈsīd-ᵊl How to pronounce virucidal (audio) \

Medical Definition of virucidal

: having the capacity to or tending to destroy or inactivate viruses virucidal activity

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