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[jur-muh-sahyd] /ˈdʒɜr məˌsaɪd/

an agent for killing or microorganisms.
any substance that kills germs or other microorganisms

1880, from germ + -cide.

germicide ger·mi·cide (jûr’mĭ-sīd’)
An agent that kills germs, especially pathogenic microorganisms; a disinfectant.
ger’mi·cid’al (-sīd’l) adj.


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