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  1. an agent for killing germs or microorganisms.
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Origin of germicide

First recorded in 1875–80; germ + -i- + -cide
Related formsger·mi·cid·al, adjective
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Related Words for germicide

disinfectant, preservative, prophylactic, purifier, detergent, preventative, germicide, sterilizer, bactericide, preventive

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Historical Examples of germicide

  • Perhaps he had better put some kind of germicide on his palm, just to ward off infection.

    Martians Never Die

    Lucius Daniel

  • Salt, it is well known, is both an antiseptic and a germicide.

  • "So with germicide she's overjoyed," supplied Betty, promptly.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for germicide


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


1880, from germ + -cide.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

germicide in Medicine


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