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  1. any chemical that destroys life by poisoning, especially a pesticide, herbicide, or fungicide.
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Origin of biocide

First recorded in 1945–50; bio- + -cide
Related formsbi·o·cid·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for biocide


  1. a chemical, such as a pesticide, capable of killing living organisms
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Derived Formsbiocidal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for biocide


"destruction of living tissue or living species," 1947, from bio- + -cide.

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biocide in Science


  1. A chemical agent, such as a pesticide or herbicide, that is capable of destroying living organisms.
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