autocide

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

auto- +‎ -cide

Noun[edit]

autocide (plural autocides)

  1. (agriculture) Control of a pest through propagation of sterile males
    • 1975, Dennis S. Hill, Agricultural Insect Pests of the Tropics and Their Control, edition 2nd ed., ISBN 0521202612, page 22:
      Generally, autocide is most effective when applied to restricted populations (islands, etc.), but can be effective on parts of continents.
  2. (bacteriology) A substance produced by a bacterium that is fatal to that bacterium
    • 2001, “Myxococcales”, in David R. Boone et al. editors, Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, ISBN 0387241450, page 1065:
      Five different autocides have been isolated from Myxococcus xanthus.
  3. (obsolete, rare) A suicidal person.

Etymology 2[edit]

automobile +‎ -cide

Noun[edit]

autocide (plural autocides)

  1. An act of suicide committed by crashing a car