-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”.

1. The killing of roundworms.
2. The control of any nematode worm of the family Ascaricidae.
3. An agent that destroys worms of the genus Ascaris.
1. Another form of suicide; that is, “self-killing” or “killing one’s self”.
2. Someone has suggested that it means “suicide by crashing one’s automobile”; however, the “auto” in autocide refers to “self” not the auto- in automobile.
3. Despite the above information, some dictionaries define this term as, "suicide by crashing the vehicle one is driving."
autocide-defenestration (s) (noun), autocide-defenestrations (pl)
Suicide by jumping out of a window.
avicide (s) (noun), avicides (pl)
The slaughter of birds by shooting or poisoning them..
An agent or substance that destroys bacilli.
bactericide, bacteriacide, bacteriocide
A substance that destroys bacteria.
biocide, biocidal
1. Destructive of life; particularly pertaining to microorganisms.
2. A chemical toxic or other lethal process that kills or destroys living organisms; such as, a pesticide, herbicide, or fungicide.
Toxins which have been developed from plants or other living organisms that kill insects.
1. A slayer of oxen or other cattle.
2. Sometimes a reference to a butcher.
The killing of dogs; a dog-killer.
The killing of deer.
The killing of whales or other cetaceans.
1. Killing bedbugs.
2. A substance used to kill bedbugs.
culicide, culicicide
An agent that kills mosquitoes, especially culicine mosquitoes.

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