Origin of spermicide

First recorded in 1925–30; sperm1 + -i- + -cide
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British Dictionary definitions for spermicide


  1. any drug or other agent that kills spermatozoa
Derived Formsspermicidal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for spermicide

1929; see sperm + -cide.

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spermicide in Medicine


  1. An agent that kills spermatozoa, especially as a contraceptive.spermatocide
Related formssper′mi•cidal (-sīdl) adj.
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spermicide in Science


  1. An agent that kills spermatozoa, especially one that is used as a contraceptive.
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