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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Germicide'

Germicide Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    germicide n : an agent (as heat or radiation or a chemical) that destroys microorganisms that might carry disease [syn: disinfectant, antimicrobic, antimicrobial]
Germicide Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Germicide \Ger"mi*cide\ (j[~e]r"m[i^]*s[imac]d), a. [Germ + L. caedere to kill.] (Biol.) Destructive to germs; -- applied to any agent which has a destructive action upon living germs, particularly bacteria, or bacterial germs, which are considered the cause of many infectious diseases. -- n. A germicide agent.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Germicide'

Antiseptics (from Greek ἀντί - anti, '"against") are antimicrobial substances that are applied to living tissue/skin to reduce the possibility of infection, sepsis, or putrefaction. Antiseptics are generally distinguished from antibiotics by the latter's ability to be transported through the lymphatic system to destroy bacteria within the body, and from disinfectants, which destroy microorganisms found on non-living objects. Some antiseptics are true germicides, capable of destroying microbes (bacteriocidal), whilst others are bacteriostatic and only prevent or inhibit their growth. Antibacterials are antiseptics that have the proven ability to act against bacteria. Microbicides which kill virus particles are called viricides or antivirals.

The widespread introduction of antiseptic surgical methods followed the publishing of the paper Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery in 1867 by Joseph Lister, inspired by Louis Pasteur's germ theory of putrefaction. In this paper he advocated the use of carbolic acid (phenol) as a method of ensuring that any germs present were killed. Some of this work was anticipated by:

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  • Riverside welcomes second robot to zap superbugs
    Last April, Riverside Regional Medical Center welcomed "Albert," a 5' 2 robot that pulses xenon UV-C light "on the germicide spectrum," 25,000 times more intense than the sun. The robot was brought in for back-up to help eradicate hospital acquired infections, which cost an estimated $35,000 per patient. Read more on this news related to 'Germicide'

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