germicide

[jur-muh-sahyd]

noun

an agent for killing germs or microorganisms.

Origin of germicide

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

noun

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

1880, from germ + -cide.

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Medicine definitions for germicide

germicide

[jûrmĭ-sīd′]

n.

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