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  1. a substance or preparation used for killing insects.
  2. the act of killing insects.
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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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pesticide, fungicide, defoliant, insecticide, weedkiller, DDT, paraquat

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British Dictionary definitions for insecticide


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


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

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insecticide in Medicine


  1. A chemical substance that kills insects.
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Related formsin•sec′ti•cidal (-sīdl) adj.
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insecticide in Science


  1. A pesticide used to kill insects. Chlordane and DDT are insecticides. Compare fungicide herbicide rodenticide.
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