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[fuhn-juh-sahyd, fuhng-guh-] /ˈfʌn dʒəˌsaɪd, ˈfʌŋ gə-/
a substance or preparation, as a spray or dust, used for destroying fungi.
Origin of fungicide
1885-90; fungi- + -cide
Related forms
fungicidal, adjective
fungicidally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fungicide
  • Here the bananas are dipped in fungicide and labelled for export.
  • Because white surfaces are easily discolored by fungus, these shingles will also need to have a fungicide coating.
  • The natural fungicide, when delivered by bees, performed as effectively as sprayed chemical fungicides.
  • To help control early and late blight, apply a liquid copper fungicide.
  • Several pages of the paper examine the toxicity of methylmercury and its past use as a fungicide.
  • Control can be achieved by using sterile potting media, clean pots, and fungicide-treated seed.
  • The fungicide treatments did not cause measurable quality differences.
British Dictionary definitions for fungicide


a substance or agent that destroys or is capable of destroying fungi
Derived Forms
fungicidal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for fungicide

1889; see fungus + -cide.

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fungicide in Medicine

fungicide fun·gi·cide (fŭn'jĭ-sīd', fŭng'gĭ-)
A chemical substance that destroys or inhibits the growth of fungi.

fun'gi·cid'al (-sīd'l) adj.
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fungicide in Science
  (fŭn'jĭ-sīd', fŭng'gĭ-sīd')   
A pesticide used to kill fungi, especially those that cause disease. Streptomycin is a fungicide. Compare herbicide, insecticide, rodenticide.

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