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Bactericide

Definition
noun, plural: bactericides
A substance or agent capable of killing bacteria.
Supplement
Examples of bactericides are disinfectants, antiseptics and antibiotics.
Word origin: G.bakterion, little staff + late ME < L -cīda killer, -cīdium act of killing, derivatives of caedere to cut down, kill (in compounds -cīdere) . Related forms: bactericidal (adjective), bactericidally (adverb).
Synonym: bacteriocide.

Compare: bacteriostat.

See also: bacteria, infection.


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