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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.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


An agent that is destructive to sperm.
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