germicidal ger"mi*ci`dal (j[~e]r"m[i^]*s[imac]`dal), a. [Germ + L. caedere to kill + -al.] (Biol.) Destructive to germs; -- applied to any agent which has a killing action upon living microorganisms, particularly bacteria or viruses, which are the cause of many infectious diseases.

Syn: antiseptic. [1913 Webster +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • germicidal — index preventive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • germicidal — antiseptic, bactericidal, disinfectant (see under ANTISEPTIC n) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • germicidal — germicide ► NOUN ▪ a substance which destroys harmful micro organisms. DERIVATIVES germicidal adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • germicidal — adjective Date: 1885 of or relating to a germicide; also destroying germs …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • germicidal — See germicide. * * * …   Universalium

  • germicidal — adjective that kills pathogenic organisms; disinfectant See Also: germicide …   Wiktionary

  • germicidal — SYN: germicide (1). * * * ger·mi·cid·al .jər mə sīd əl adj of or relating to a germicide also destroying germs * * * ger·mi·ci·dal (jur″mĭ siґdəl) [L. germen germ + caedere to kill] lethal to pathogenic microorganisms …   Medical dictionary

  • germicidal — ger·mi·cid·al || ‚dÊ’Éœrmɪ saɪdl /‚dʒɜːm adj. destructive to germs …   English contemporary dictionary

  • germicidal — ger·mi·ci·dal …   English syllables

  • germicidal — adjective preventing infection by inhibiting the growth or action of microorganisms • Syn: ↑bactericidal, ↑disinfectant • Similar to: ↑antiseptic • Derivationally related forms: ↑germicide, ↑disinfectant ( …   Useful english dictionary

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