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dis- +‎ insect


disinsect (third-person singular simple present disinsects, present participle disinsecting, simple past and past participle disinsected)

  1. (public health, chiefly air travel) To eliminate insects from something, usually by application of an insecticide.
    • 1952, Statutes of the Union of South Africa, Republic of South Africa, p. 339:
      The clothes which such person is wearing, his baggage, and any other article likely to spread typhus, shall be disinsected and, if necessary, disinfected.
    • 2008, Diseases Know No Frontiers, House of Lords, vol. 2, p. 486:
      Malaria is also of interest mainly because of the need to disinsect the aircraft cabin when required by the government at destination.

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