Definition of germicide in US English:



  • A substance or other agent that destroys harmful microorganisms; an antiseptic.

    • ‘The National Fire Protection Association is concerned about the use of flammable liquid germicides where electro-surgery or lasers are used.’
    • ‘The EPA classifies germicides as sporicides, general disinfectants, hospital disinfectants, detergents, sanitizers, and others.’
    • ‘Low-level chemicals are germicides used on environmental surfaces, and high-level chemicals are used on medical devices.’
    • ‘Industrialists claimed that although industrial pollution killed fish, it did not contain germs and indeed might act as a germicide and have a positive effect on water.’
    • ‘The germicide does not need to be changed after each cleaning if the mop head is not placed back into the germicidal solution after cleaning has begun.’
    • ‘Many cleaning products contain chlorine, petroleum-based surfactants and distillates, formaldehyde and germicides - many of which are potent poisons.’
    • ‘In 1980, the primary methods for medical device sterilization were ethylene oxide, gamma, electron beam (E-beam), moist heat, dry heat, liquid-chemical germicide, and other gaseous methods.’
    • ‘Research has not shown an increased resistance of antibiotic-resistant bacteria to hospital germicides and disinfectants.’
    • ‘Equipment and playing areas contaminated with blood should be cleaned and disinfected with an appropriate germicide.’
    • ‘Additionally, it is used in fungicides, germicides, herbicides, and insecticides, and as a catalyst in the vulcanization process.’
    • ‘In the 1920s, Australian researchers took a serious look at tea tree and discovered that the oil exhibited up to 13 times more antiseptic activity than carbolic acid, the standard germicide in use at the time.’
    • ‘The stretcher is cleaned with a hospital-grade approved germicide.’
    • ‘This is a chemical germicide with label claims for effectiveness against Salmonella, Staphylococcus, and Pseudomonas.’
    • ‘Chemically-produced white skin occurs in the use of some germicides and in the production of rubber products.’
    • ‘One type of ultraviolet light, UV-C, has been used as a germicide in health care, food processing and waste treatment for more than 50 years.’
    • ‘The air is sucked out of the infected cavity and replaced with ozone, a powerful germicide.’
    • ‘Any reports of bird deaths received by veterinary or public health volunteers are checked, with samples sent for testing and the areas in which the birds were found are sprayed with germicides.’
    • ‘In fact, there is nothing that you can do with any germicide or any cleansing product to eradicate microorganisms.’
    • ‘For more persistent mildew, use mild soap containing a germicide and water.’
    • ‘When using a chemical germicide to achieve high-level disinfection, an agent registered with and approved by government regulatory bodies should be selected.’
    bactericide, antiseptic, sterilizer, sanitizer, cleaning agent, cleansing agent, cleanser, decontaminant
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