- any chemical that destroys life by poisoning, especially a pesticide, herbicide, or fungicide.
Origin of biocide
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- a chemical, such as a pesticide, capable of killing living organisms
Word Origin and History for biocidal
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- Of or relating to an agent that is destructive to living organisms.
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- A chemical agent, such as a pesticide or herbicide, that is capable of destroying living organisms.
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