Any chemical substance or physical object which is used to kill disease-causing microorganisms, or "germs."


From the BioTech Dictionary at http://biotech.icmb.utexas.edu/. For further information see the BioTech homenode.

Ger"mi*cide (?), a. [Germ +L. caedere to kill.] Biol.

Destructive to germs; -- applied to any agent which has a destructive action upon living germs, particularly bacteria, or bacterial germs, which are considered the cause of many infectious diseases.

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n.

A germicide agent.

 

© Webster 1913.

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