1945–50; vir(us) + -i- + -cide

viricidal, adjective Unabridged
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viricide vi·ri·cide (vī'rĭ-sīd') or vi·ru·cide (vī'rə-)
An agent that inhibits or destroys viruses.

vi'ri·cid'al (-sīd'l) adj.
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Chlorine dioxide has been shown to be an effective viricide.
Chlorine has been shown to be a highly effective viricide.
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