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A chemical which can kill or inhibit the growth of living organisms such as bacteria, fungi, molds, and slimes. Biocides can be harmful to humans, too. Biocides kill spores of living organisms also, and since spores are the most resistant of all life forms, a biocide may be properly defined as a sterilizing agent. See Also: Antiseptic Aseptic Aseptic Procedure Disinfect Sporicide Sanitization Sanitize