Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An agent that kills germs, especially pathogenic microorganisms; a disinfectant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An agent that kills pathogenic organisms; a disinfectant

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A germicidal agent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which destroys germs; specifically, a substance capable of killing the germs, microbes, or micro-organisms of certain zymotic diseases, as cholera, or used for that purpose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an agent (as heat or radiation or a chemical) that destroys microorganisms that might carry disease

Etymologies

germ +‎ -cide (Wiktionary)

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