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

  • n. An agent that inhibits or destroys viruses.

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  • n. Any substance that destroys or inactivates viruses
  • n. The act of killing one's husband.

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

  • n. an agent (physical or chemical) that inactivates or destroys viruses


vir(us) + -cide.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • UV radiation has been employed in drinking water treatment plants and waste water recycling projects as a viricide and a bactericide.

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