Definition of biocide in English:

biocide

noun

  • 1A poisonous substance, especially a pesticide.

    • ‘On the other hand, the large-scale mono-cropping of medicinal species, which need inputs of artificial fertilisers, and large scale spraying of dangerous and expensive biocides is not a sustainable practice.’
    • ‘But, the selective pressure biocides exert on bacterial populations that have mechanisms of resistance similar to those to antibiotics or that are also substrates for antibiotic resistance is of concern.’
    • ‘Naval Sea Systems Command is working with chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturers to develop safe, effective, organic biocides to produce innovative underwater-hull coatings.’
    • ‘Often referred to as non-agricultural pesticides, biocides encompass a wide range of applications including disinfection, preservation and pest control.’
    • ‘Chemical biocides are regulated by EPA under Federal pesticide law.’
    • ‘A working group headed by the government's Health and Safety Executive has begun to investigate the hazards of biocides in response to a new European directive.’
    • ‘The nonsusceptibility of microorganisms to biocides and the targets some biocides share with antibiotics is of clinical concern because antibiotics are important armaments in the treatment of disease.’
    • ‘To improve the workability of PVC resin various ingredients are added to the resin including stabilizers, impact modifiers, lubricants, plasticizers, biocides and flame retardants.’
    • ‘Solutions to the foreign-species transfer problem have included using various filtration systems, heat treatments, and biocides for the ballast water.’
    • ‘Semmelweis documented the importance of antiseptics in clinical medicine; the importance of biocides in the domicile environment remains to be determined.’
    • ‘Such assurances, however, fail to satisfy environmental groups who are now demanding government restrictions on the widespread use of biocides.’
    • ‘Some biocides are considered pesticides, and some States require that only registered pesticide applicators apply these products in schools.’
    • ‘They need to use suitable biocides to clean out the system properly.’
    • ‘Further study into the effects of ultraviolet light and leach-rates on environmental toxicity of these compounds must be examined to give a clearer and more defined understanding of their potential application as booster biocides.’
    • ‘General Chemical is a leading producer of such commodities as soda ash and calcium chloride, while Garratt-Callahan makes higher value goods such as biocides, and corrosion and scale inhibitors.’
    • ‘Anti-fouling paints keep marine organisms from growing on boat bottoms because they contain biocides, chemicals that hinder the growth of barnacles and other animals.’
    • ‘Safedip Limited is another created in 1997 to develop safe, environmentally friendly biocides for veterinary, environmental and human conditions, and it also received a Spur grant from the DTI.’
    • ‘Over time, some weeds and fungi have developed resistance to many agricultural pesticides, creating a need to devise biologically based compounds - or biocides - with new modes of action.’
    • ‘The technology transforms yeast cells into natural capsules, replacing their contents with a combination of standard biocides and essential oils, into ‘a complex killing mechanism that destroys MRSA’.’
    • ‘In addition, the service provider may propose applying chemical biocides, designed to kill microbiological contaminants, to the inside of the duct work and to other system components.’
  • 2[mass noun] The destruction of life:

    ‘our whims have brought us to the brink of biocide’
    • ‘Concerning the “biocide” of the earth, who do we owe for our actions?’
    • ‘Biocide, in other words, is tantamount to suicide.’
    • ‘Biocide is the ultimate of all human moral violations because it is the destruction of all life on Earth.’
    • ‘We now have concrete proof of ecocide (the destruction of the ecosystem), biocide (the extermination of many kinds of life form), and geocide (damage to the earth's atmosphere).’
    • ‘The delusion of separateness has engendered not only suicide, homicide, and genocide, but has pushed us to the brink of biocide, the destruction of the earth’s life support systems themselves.’

Pronunciation

biocide

/ˈbʌɪəsʌɪd/