Definition - What does Biocide mean?

A biocide is a chemical substance or a microorganism which is used to destroy, render harmless, deter, or have some kind of controlling effect on a harmful organism by biological or chemical means. Pesticides, herbicides or fungicides are all examples of different kinds of biocide. The term biocide is used due to the fact that it is used against biological organisms.

Safeopedia explains Biocide

Biocides are used in many different fields of work and for many different kinds of use. Biocides are used frequently in pest control, but they are also used in medicine, agriculture, forestry, industry, etc.. Biocides are also used as disinfectants or cleaning agents. Due to their toxicity toward biological organisms, they can also be hazardous to human health and careful use is required for many biocides.

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