Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Germicide'
n : an agent (as heat or radiation or a chemical) that destroys
microorganisms that might carry disease [syn: disinfectant,
- 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.
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:[See more about Germicide at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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