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an agent destructive to spermatozoa. adj., adj spermici´dal.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


An agent destructive to spermatozoa.
Synonym(s): spermicide
[spermato- + L. caedo, to kill]
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A substance or agent that kills spermatozoa, especially one used as a contraceptive. Also called spermatocide.

sper′mi·cid′al (-sīd′l) adj.
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A contraceptive chemical that kills sperm, which is placed in the vagina or within a condom before sexual intercourse to prevent pregnancy.
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Spermaticide A contraceptive agent with a high failure rate–11.9 pregnancies/100 woman-yrs Formulations Foams, creams, sponges; most contain a surfactant nonoxynol 9, an agent that ↓ risk of STDs–it is bactericidal and viricidal; spermicides are not associated with teratogenesis or trisomies, although some 'soft' data suggest possible limb reduction defects. See Contraceptives, IUDs, Litogens, Pearl index, RU 486.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


An agent destructive to sperms.
Synonym(s): spermatocide.
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An agent that is destructive to sperm.
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(12) That included not only OTC contraceptive items (such as contraceptive films, foams and gels, female condoms and most types of emergency contraceptive pills), but also several other OTC products that have been required under the ACA since late 2010 (such as folic acid to prevent birth defects and aspirin to prevent heart disease).