any chemical that destroys life by poisoning, especially a pesticide, herbicide, or fungicide.
- bi·o·cid·al, adjective
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How to use biocide in a sentence
In the US, pet food is estimated to be responsible for 25% to 30% of the environmental impact of meat production when it comes to the use of land, water, fossil fuels, phosphate, and biocides, according to a 2017 study.
Unfortunately, the massive use of industrial biocides in vineyards seriously harms the environment and reduces the soils' ability to sequester greenhouse gases.Wine critics should consider a bottle’s social and environmental impact, too, one vintner says | Dave McIntyre | July 2, 2021 | Washington Post
British Dictionary definitions for biocide
a chemical, such as a pesticide, capable of killing living organisms
- biocidal, adjective
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Scientific definitions for biocide
A chemical agent, such as a pesticide or herbicide, that is capable of destroying living organisms.
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