insecticide

[in-sek-tuh-sahyd]
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Origin of insecticide

First recorded in 1860–65; insect + -i- + -cide
Related formsin·sec·ti·cid·al, adjectivenon·in·sec·ti·cid·al, adjective
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Related Words for insecticide

pesticide, fungicide, defoliant, insecticide, weedkiller, DDT, paraquat

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British Dictionary definitions for insecticide

insecticide

noun
  1. a substance used to destroy insect pests
Derived Formsinsecticidal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for insecticide
n.

"substance which kills insects," 1865, from insect + -cide.

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insecticide in Medicine

insecticide

[ĭn-sĕktĭ-sīd′]
n.
  1. A chemical substance that kills insects.
Related formsin•sec′ti•cidal (-sīdl) adj.
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insecticide in Science

insecticide

[ĭn-sĕktĭ-sīd′]
  1. A pesticide used to kill insects. Chlordane and DDT are insecticides. Compare fungicide herbicide rodenticide.
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