germicide Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun an agent (as heat or radiation or a chemical) that destroys microorganisms that might carry disease
    antimicrobial; disinfectant; antimicrobic.


Ger"mi*cide adjective
Germ +L. caedere to kill.
  1. (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. -- n. A germicide agent.

Webster 1913