Definition of spermicide in English:

spermicide

noun

  • A substance that kills spermatozoa, used as a contraceptive:

    ‘the diaphragm had to be smeared with spermicide’
    [count noun] ‘spermicides should not be used without barriers’
    • ‘Some barrier methods are packaged with spermicide already in them.’
    • ‘The microbicides are also effective as a form of contraception, because they act as both a spermicide and a barrier preventing fertilisation.’
    • ‘There remains a really troubling question about whether we should be using it as a spermicide on condoms.’
    • ‘The cap is used with a spermicide, which is an agent that chemically destroys sperm.’
    • ‘Improved barrier methods and potent safe spermicides with antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties are in demand.’
    • ‘As they are used in conjunction with spermicides, some people find them a messy contraception method.’
    • ‘Condoms may not be the most suitable method of contraception if either partner has an allergy to latex rubber, plastic or spermicides.’
    • ‘At the four-week and final visits, questionnaires about the acceptability of the spermicide were completed.’
    • ‘Common commodities such as honey and sodium bicarbonate, acidic fruit juices and oils have been used through history as spermicides.’
    • ‘Furthermore, condoms lubricated with spermicides are no more effective than other lubricated condoms in protecting against the transmission of HIV and other STDs.’
    • ‘Using spermicides in addition to the male or female condom will make it more effective.’
    • ‘If your regular form of birth control is condoms, spermicides, or a diaphragm, you may go back to using it right away after taking emergency birth control pills.’
    • ‘They contain a spermicide - a chemical that damages or kills the sperm.’
    • ‘When spermicides are used with a condom, the failure rate is comparable to that of oral contraceptives, and much better than for either spermicides or condoms alone.’
    • ‘Nonhormone chemical contraceptives also include spermicides, which, as their name indicates, deactivate and kill sperm before they can fertilize the egg.’
    • ‘Honey, pepper, and even animal dung were tried as spermicides or diaphragms.’
    • ‘If use of spermicides and lubricants is contributing to symptoms, alternative contraception choices should be discussed.’
    • ‘Women were also excluded if they reported use of diaphragms, douches or spermicides.’
    • ‘Intravaginal spermicides have been marketed for decades but have had limited popularity in the era of more reliable contraceptive methods.’
    • ‘Still others think that chemicals, detergents, and soaps - or even spermicides and lubricants - might be the culprits.’

Pronunciation:

spermicide

/ˈspəːmɪsʌɪd/