Definition of nematocide in English:


(also nematicide)


  • A substance used to kill nematode worms.

    • ‘As a chemical control, other pots were sprayed with the nematicide ethoprop.’
    • ‘Injection or incorporation into the soil, as in the case of nematicides, makes the pesticide most readily available for leaching.’
    • ‘The use of chemical nematicides is environmentally undesirable and alternatives to nematicides are being sought.’
    • ‘We want to reduce our budget by reducing use of chemicals, nematicides and fertilizers.’
    • ‘Only one nematicide (aldicarb, Temik 15G) appears to be economical for control of SCN under Ohio conditions, but it will likely be removed from the market.’
    • ‘Sequencing of the Ustilago genome marks the first major expansion of Exelixis' agricultural biotechnology program beyond chemical insecticides and nematicides.’
    • ‘The objective of Phase One was to evaluate a group of insecticides, nematicides and biological products for safe use on a Poa annua putting green.’
    • ‘Second, it is difficult, but not impossible, to grow great roses without the use of chemical pesticides, such as insecticides, miticides, fungicides, nematicides and acaracides (spiders).’
    • ‘The granular nematicide, spread under banana trees to kill worms, for example, runs into rivers the minute it rains.’
    • ‘Pesticides are made up of agrochemicals and are usually classified according to their principal use as, for example, fungicides, bactericides, insecticides, nematicides, miticides, etc.’
    • ‘The major categories of pesticides classified by target are fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, acaricides, molluscicides, nematicides, rodenticides, avicides, and antibiotics.’
    • ‘While recommending crop rotation, they cautioned the farmers against indiscriminate spraying and injecting of pesticides, fungicides, nematicides and weedicides, which resulted in residual toxicity in the end product.’


Late 19th century: from nemato- of nematode worms + -cide.