-cide, -cides, -cidal

(Latin: a suffix; kill, killer; murder, to cause death, slayer; cutter; “to cut down”)

Don’t confuse this element with the another -cide that means “to cut”; although -cide, “death”, is related to -cise, -cide, “to cut down”.

The killing of, or destruction of, that which is putrid.
regicide, regicidism, regicidal
1. The killing of a king; especially, someone who kills his/her own king.
2. Someone who commits the crime of regicide.
rodenticide (s) (noun), rodenticides (pl)
The killing of various mammals; such as, a mouse, rat, squirrel, or beaver, characterized by large incisors adapted for gnawing or nibbling with a poison or other procedures.
scabicide, scabieticide (s) (noun); scabicides, scabieticides (pl)
The killing of organisms that cause severe itching of the body: The medical treatment by scabicides results in destroying the invading mites so they can't cause patients to suffer any further.
schistosomacide, schistosomicide
The killing of schistosomes or blood flukes.
The killing of malarial parasites.
senicide, senicidal
The killing of the old men of a tribe, etc.
serpenticide (s) (noun), serpenticides (pl)
The killing of scaly elongated reptiles: Jake's cousin had a special hatred for snakes and he would commit serpenticide on them whenever he could find one.
silvicide, silvicidal
A substance that kills trees or forests.
socrucide, socrucidal
1. The act of killing the mother of one’s spouse.
2. Archaic: the act of killing the father of one’s spouse.
3. Someone who kills the mother of his or her spouse.
4. Etymology: from Latin socrus; originally, "mother- or father-in-law", but it was restricted to "mother-in-law" by classical times.
sororicide (s), sororicides (pl) (nouns)
1. A person who murders his or her sister.
2. The killing of one's sister.
An agent that is destructive to spirilla (spiral or curved bacteria).
spirocheticide, spirochaeticide
1. The killing of spirochetes, a type of parasitical bacteria.
2. An agent destructive to spirochetes.
The killing of spores.
staphylocide, staphylococcide, staphylococcicide
The killing of organisms that cause staph infections.

Related "death, dead; kill" units: lethal-; mort-; neci-; necro-; phono-; thanato-.