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