pesticide


pesticide
pesticidal, adj.
/pes"teuh suyd'/, n.
a chemical preparation for destroying plant, fungal, or animal pests. Also called biocide.
[1935-40; PEST + -I- + -CIDE]

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Any toxic substance used to kill animals or plants that damage crops or ornamental plants or that are hazardous to the health of domestic animals or humans.

All pesticides act by interfering with the target species' normal metabolism. They are often classified by the type of organism they are intended to control (e.g., insecticide, herbicide, fungicide). Some inadvertently affect other organisms in the environment, either directly by their toxic effects or via elimination of the target organism.

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 any toxic substance used to kill animals or plants that cause economic damage to crop or ornamental plants or are hazardous to the health of domestic animals or humans. All pesticides interfere with normal metabolic processes in the pest organism and often are classified according to the type of organism they are intended to control. See herbicide; insecticide; fungicide; fumigant.

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Universalium. 2010.

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