Definition of phthisozoics in English:

phthisozoics

noun

rare, historical
  • Bentham's term for: the branch of science that deals with methods of destroying pests.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832), philosopher, jurist, and reformer. From ancient Greek ϕθισ-, future and aorist stem of ϕθίνειν to decay, perish, used in causal sense, to cause to perish, to destroy + ζῷον animal + -ic: see -ic.

Pronunciation

phthisozoics

/ˌ(f)θɪsɪə(ʊ)ˈzəʊɪks/