Definition of autocidal in English:

autocidal

adjective

Biology
  • Characterized by or participating in self-destruction; (Biology) designating methods of insect control that involve the introduction of sterile insects, or insects carrying a harmful genetic characteristic, into a population so as to inhibit reproduction and survival.

Origin

1960s; earliest use found in Journal of Economic Entomology. From auto- + -cidal.

Pronunciation

autocidal

/ˌɔːtə(ʊ)ˈsʌɪdl/