- an agent for killing germs or microorganisms.
Origin of germicide
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Examples from the Web for germicide
Perhaps he had better put some kind of germicide on his palm, just to ward off infection.Martians Never Die
Salt, it is well known, is both an antiseptic and a germicide.Manures and the principles of manuring
Charles Morton Aikman
"So with germicide she's overjoyed," supplied Betty, promptly.The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation
Annie Fellows Johnston
The word disinfectant is synonymous with the term bactericide or germicide.A Practical Physiology
Albert F. Blaisdell
In addition, it is saturated with acetylene which adds to its value as a germicide.
- any substance that kills germs or other microorganisms
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Word Origin and History for germicide
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An agent that kills germs, especially pathogenic microorganisms; a disinfectant.
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