virucidal

adjective

vi·​ru·​cid·​al ˌvī-rə-ˈsī-dᵊl How to pronounce virucidal (audio)
: having the capacity to or tending to destroy or inactivate viruses
virucidal agents
virucidal activity
virucide 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, 26 Feb. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of virucidal was in 1925

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“Virucidal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/virucidal. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

virucidal

adjective
vi·​ru·​cid·​al ˌvī-rə-ˈsīd-ᵊl How to pronounce virucidal (audio)
: having the capacity to or tending to destroy or inactivate viruses
virucidal activity
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