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An agent destructive to spermatozoa.
[spermato- + L. caedo, to kill]
sper·mat′o·cid′al (-sīd′l) adj.
Etymology: Gk, sperma + L, caedere, to kill
a chemical substance that kills spermatozoa by reducing their surface tension, causing the cell wall to break down by a bactericidal effect or by creation of a highly acidic environment. Among many spermatocidal agents used in various contraceptive creams are lactic acid, phenylmercuric acetate, chloramine polyethylene glycol, benzethonium chloride, and certain quinine compounds. Also called spermicide.
An agent destructive to sperms.