- viricide may also refer to the killing of men or husbands, see gendercide.
is a chemical
agent which "kills" viruses
outside the body. Since "life" in viruses is debatable to begin with, the term generally means an antiseptic
which reliably deactivates or destroys a virus.
Since the spermicide Nonoxynol-9 also shows some viricidal activity, many health experts recommended the use of spermicidally lubricated condoms for increased protection against HIV transmission. However subsequent studies have shown that it can in fact increase the risk of infection