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biocide

[bahy-uh-sahyd] /ˈbaɪ əˌsaɪd/
noun
1.
any chemical that destroys life by poisoning, especially a pesticide, herbicide, or fungicide.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; bio- + -cide
Related forms
biocidal, adjective
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biocide

/ˈbaɪəˌsaɪd/
noun
1.
a chemical, such as a pesticide, capable of killing living organisms
Derived Forms
biocidal, adjective
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biocide

n.

"destruction of living tissue or living species," 1947, from bio- + -cide.

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biocide
  (bī'ə-sīd')   
A chemical agent, such as a pesticide or herbicide, that is capable of destroying living organisms.
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