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[fuhn-juh-sahyd, fuhng-guh-] /ˈfʌn dʒəˌsaɪd, ˈfʌŋ gə-/
a substance or preparation, as a spray or dust, used for destroying fungi.
Origin of fungicide
First recorded in 1885-90; fungi- + -cide
Related forms
fungicidal, adjective
fungicidally, adverb Unabridged
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  • If, however, the fungicide is upon the plant before the fungus is, the parasite may not be able to obtain a foothold.

  • There appears to be an idea held in some quarters that sodium bisulphite may be so employed as a fungicide.

  • Minor uses were in agriculture as a fungicide and insecticide, in vulcanizing rubber, and in the manufacture of gunpowder.

  • The bearing of this question upon the relation of a fungicide to its efficiency is apparent.

  • fungicide: a substance used to kill or prevent the growth of fungi; for example, Bordeaux Mixture or copper sulphate.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • Up until about five years ago Bordeaux mixture as the fungicide and paris green as the poison were almost universally used.

    Apple Growing M. C. Burritt
  • This disease may be prevented in large measure by the use of a fungicide known as Bordeaux mixture.

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study Ontario Ministry of Education
British Dictionary definitions for fungicide


a substance or agent that destroys or is capable of destroying fungi
Derived Forms
fungicidal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for fungicide

1889; see fungus + -cide.

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fungicide in Medicine

fungicide fun·gi·cide (fŭn'jĭ-sīd', fŭng'gĭ-)
A chemical substance that destroys or inhibits the growth of fungi.

fun'gi·cid'al (-sīd'l) adj.
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fungicide in Science
  (fŭn'jĭ-sīd', fŭng'gĭ-sīd')   
A pesticide used to kill fungi, especially those that cause disease. Streptomycin is a fungicide. Compare herbicide, insecticide, rodenticide.

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