[ bak-teer-uh-sahyd-l ]
/ bækˌtɪər əˈsaɪd l /
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killing bacteria; capable of or used for killing bacteria: Silver is used in water filtration because it is known to be a solid bactericidal agent.Eventually the bactericidal action of the chemical sanitizer may be exhausted.
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Origin of bactericidal
First recorded in 1875–80; bacteri(um) + -cidal
OTHER WORDS FROM bactericidalbac·te·ri·cid·al·ly, adverb
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How to use bactericidal in a sentence
To the bactericidal effect of sunlight is equally to be attributed the absence of bacteria from the High Alps.
Sunshine and pure air, it must be remembered, are the strongest bactericidal agents known.
It is generally known that radium, even if externally employed, has proved itself to be a bactericidal remedy.
Antiseptic and bactericidal effects are easily estimated by laboratory methods.
The recent application of the action of bactericidal rays to the cure of lupus is, however, an extension of the same discovery.