A virucide (pronounced /ˈvī-rə-ˌsīd/ and alternatively spelled viricide and viruscide[1]) is any physical or chemical agent that deactivates or destroys viruses.[2][3] This differs from an antiviral drug, which inhibits the proliferation of the virus. Virucides are usually labeled with instructions for safe, effective use. Virucides are not intended for use inside the body, and most are disinfectants that are not intended for use on the surface of the body.[4]

List of virucides


  1. ^ Associated Press (30 May 2013). "Spelling Bee creates a buzz with vocabulary tests and alternate answers". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 May 2013.