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Origin of germicide

First recorded in 1875–80; germ + -i- + -cide
Related formsger·mi·cid·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. any substance that kills germs or other microorganisms
Derived Formsgermicidal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for germicide

1880, from germ + -cide.

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germicide in Medicine


  1. An agent that kills germs, especially pathogenic microorganisms; a disinfectant.
Related formsger′mi•cidal (-sīdl) adj.
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