Definition of pediculicide in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpɛdɪˈkjuːlɪsʌɪd/


A chemical used to kill lice.
Example sentences
  • Now there's a new approach to head lice: it's non-toxic, dry-on pediculicides that suffocate and kill the little critters.
  • Growing resistance to many of the pediculicides commonly used to treat head lice may contribute to the recently noted increase in cases of infestation.
  • The treatment of head lice is now complicated by the emergence of resistance to pediculicides.


Early 20th century: from Latin pediculus 'louse' + -cide.

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