An agent that kills microbes, minute forms of life (e.g. bacteria, fungi, and protozoal parasites), some capable of causing human disease. From microbe + the Latin "caedo," to kill.
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1. SYN: microbicidal. 2. An agent destructive to microbes; a germicide; an antiseptic. [microbe + L. caedo, to kill]

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mi·cro·bi·cide mī-'krō-bə-.sīd n an agent that destroys microbes

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mi·cro·bi·cide (mi-kroґbĭ-sīd″) [microbe + -cide] 1. a substance that destroys microbes; see also antimicrobial. 2. a substance that destroys infectious agents, including also viruses; sometimes used specifically for that used to prevent transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV.

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