Germicidal


Human Body Section
Stedman's Pocket Medical Dictionary Dictionary of Biomedical Sciences Dictionary of Dentistry

The word germicidal refers to therapeutic agents - including natural substances such as herbs, oils, or essences, or conventional pharmaceutical drugs, that kill germs such as bacteria and other micro-organisms.

Some dictionaries define germicidal as destroying specifically disease-causing micro organisms.

The meaning of the term germicidal is easily remembered from its form:

  • The -cidal part of the word refers to the fact that this agent kills/destroys something, and
  • the germ- part of the word indicates that the thing it kills is "germs".



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