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biocide

[ bahy-uh-sahyd ]
/ ˈbaɪ əˌsaɪd /
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noun
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

OTHER WORDS FROM biocide

bi·o·cid·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for biocide

biocide
/ (ˈbaɪəˌsaɪd) /

noun
a chemical, such as a pesticide, capable of killing living organisms

Derived forms of biocide

biocidal, adjective
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Scientific definitions for biocide

biocide
[ bīə-sīd′ ]

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