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The English suffix -cide denotes an act related to killing. From Latin caedere "to cut, kill, hack (at), strike". In its wider meaning, it may also signify the destruction or dismantling of an object or concept. When attached to a word indicating an animal or plant considered to be pestilent, the combined word is frequently used to indicate a substance used to eliminate the pest in question. E.g. Pesticide, insecticide and herbicide.


A

  • Acaricide: The killing of mites and ticks, or a substance which performs this function.
  • Algaecide/Algicide: The killing of algae, or a substance which performs this function.
  • Avicide: The killing of birds, or a substance which performs this function.

B

  • Bactericide: The killing of bacteria, or a substance which performs this function.
  • Biocide: The killing of living material, or a substance which performs this function.
  • Barbicide : A chemical compound used by barbers to disinfect combs, brushes, etc.

D

  • Deicide: Either the killing of a god or divine entity, or destruction or dismantlement of either the general concept of such beings, or a concept regarding a specific being, e.g. through critical thought.
  • Democide: An act of killing perpetrated by a government.

E

  • Ecocide: The killing (i.e. destruction or dismantlement) of the environment.
  • Ethnocide: The killing of an ethnic group.

F

G

H

  • Herbicide: The killing of plants, or a substance which performs this function.
  • Homicide: The killing of another human being.

I

  • Infanticide: The killing of infants.
  • Insecticide: The killing of insects, or a substance which performs this function.

L

  • Larvicide: The killing of larvae, or a substance which performs this function.
  • Linguicide: The killing (i.e. dismantling or banishment) of a language.

M

  • Mariticide: The killing of one's spouse, generally in reference to the killing of one's husband.
  • Matricide: The killing of one's mother.
  • Microbicide: The killing of microbes, or a substance which performs this function.
  • Molluscicide: The killing of mollusks, or a substance which performs this function.

P

  • Parasuicide: A harmful act appearing to be an attempt at suicide.
  • Parenticide: The killing of one's parents.
  • Parricide: The killing of parents or close relatives.
  • Patricide: The killing of one's father.
  • Pesticide: The killing of pestilent species, or a substance which performs this function.
  • Politicide: The killing of political entities, whether single persons or entire nations.
  • Prolicide: The killing of offspring, whether they be already born or still at a fetal stage.
  • Pseudocide : The fake killing of one's self.

R

  • Regicide: The killing of a monarch.
  • Rodenticide: The killing of rodents, or a substance which performs this function.

S

  • Sororicide: The killing of one's sister.
  • Spermicide: The killing of sperm, or a substance which performs this function.
  • Suicide: The killing of one's self.

T

  • Taeniacide: The killing of tapeworms, or a substance which performs this function.
  • Terracide: The killing of the planet Earth.
  • Trypanocide: The killing of trypanosomes, or a substance which performs this function.
  • Tyrannicide: The killing of tyrants.

U

V

  • Vespacide: The killing of wasps, or a substance which performs this function.
  • Viricide: The killing of viruses, or a substance which performs this function.

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