viricide


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vi·ri·cide

 (vī′rĭ-sīd′) also vi·ru·cide (vī′rə-)
n.
A substance or agent that inactivates viruses.


vi′ri·cid′al (-sīd′l) adj.

viricide

(ˈvaɪrɪˌsaɪd)
n
(Biology) a substance that destroys viruses

vi•ru•cide

(ˈvaɪ rəˌsaɪd)

n.
an agent for destroying viruses.
[1925–30]
vi`ru•cid′al, adj.
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Noun1.viricide - an agent (physical or chemical) that inactivates or destroys viruses
agent - a substance that exerts some force or effect
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