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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Curiously, the addition of fungicides to the glue is not very effective.
▪ Destroy infected leaves and use a fungicide.
▪ Plant resistant plants or use fungicides.
▪ The only hope then is rather like injecting antibodies into our own blood - a systemic fungicide.
▪ Thiabendazole and other fungicides are also used to prolong the storage life of oranges and lemons.
▪ This is particularly important in gardens and orchards where so many herbicides and fungicides are used.
▪ This was despite more money than usual being spent on fungicides.
▪ Use a fungicide recommended by your nurseryman.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Fungicide \Fun"gi*cide`\, n. [Fungi + -cide, fr. L. caedere to kill.] Anything that kills fungi. -- Fun`gi*ci"dal, n.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1889; see fungus + -cide. Related: Fungicidal.


n. A substance used to kill fungus


n. any agent that destroys or prevents the growth of fungi [syn: antifungal, antifungal agent, antimycotic, antimycotic agent]


Fungicides are biocidal chemical compounds or biological organisms used to kill fungi or fungal spores. A fungistatic inhibits their growth. Fungi can cause serious damage in agriculture, resulting in critical losses of yield, quality, and profit. Fungicides are used both in agriculture and to fight fungal infections in animals. Chemicals used to control oomycetes, which are not fungi, are also referred to as fungicides, as oomycetes use the same mechanisms as fungi to infect plants.

Fungicides can either be contact, translaminar or systemic. Contact fungicides are not taken up into the plant tissue and protect only the plant where the spray is deposited. Translaminar fungicides redistribute the fungicide from the upper, sprayed leaf surface to the lower, unsprayed surface. Systemic fungicides are taken up and redistributed through the xylem vessels. Few fungicides move to all parts of a plant. Some are locally systemic, and some move upwardly.

Most fungicides that can be bought retail are sold in a liquid form. A very common active ingredient is sulfur, present at 0.08% in weaker concentrates, and as high as 0.5% for more potent fungicides. Fungicides in powdered form are usually around 90% sulfur and are very toxic. Other active ingredients in fungicides include neem oil, rosemary oil, jojoba oil, the bacterium Bacillus subtilis, and the beneficial fungus Ulocladium oudemansii.

Fungicide residues have been found on food for human consumption, mostly from post-harvest treatments. Some fungicides are dangerous to human health, such as vinclozolin, which has now been removed from use. Ziram is also a fungicide that is thought to be toxic to humans if exposed to chronically. A number of fungicides are also used in human health care.

Usage examples of "fungicide".

Cotton seed is dipped in a fungicide and planted in a Mississippi field sprayed with aldicarb, one of the most toxic chemicals applied in the United States.

The minced mammoth meat was rehydrated by adding deionized water and a minute amount of fungicide to prevent the possible growth of fungi.

Most housing had been swallowed by beds of swampy fuzz, but a few buildings were so larded with chemical fungicides and brews of biological toxins that local bacilli and thallophytes had never established a foothold.

It's also a common residue of agricultural fungicides, which have been known to be flushed into the Glades.

Anti-vermicides, fungicides, and fresh supplies of Old Sugustus's disinfectant and liniment, bales of bandage, poultice covers, sterilized thread, even new needles.

The Big Uglies are too ignorant to have any fungicides worthy of the name, and our medications have not proved completely effective.

After girdling, the stem is sprayed or dusted with a fungicide and growth regulator, sur- rounded with one or two handfuls of unmilled sphagnum moss, and wrapped tightly with a small sheet of clear poly- ethylene film (4-6 mil).