AskDefine | Define viricide

Dictionary Definition

viricide n : an agent (physical or chemical) that inactivates or destroys viruses [syn: virucide]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Any substance that destroys or inactivates viruses

Related terms

Extensive Definition

viricide may also refer to the killing of men or husbands, see gendercide.
A viricide is a chemical agent which "kills" viruses outside the body. Since "life" in viruses is debatable to begin with, the term generally means an antiseptic which reliably deactivates or destroys a virus.
Since the spermicide Nonoxynol-9 also shows some viricidal activity, many health experts recommended the use of spermicidally lubricated condoms for increased protection against HIV transmission. However subsequent studies have shown that it can in fact increase the risk of infection
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1