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malathion

[ mal-uh-thahy-on, ‐uhn ]
/ ˌmæl əˈθaɪ ɒn, ‐ən /
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noun
an organic phosphate insecticide, C10H19O6S2P, of relatively low toxicity for mammals.
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Origin of malathion

First recorded in 1953
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British Dictionary definitions for malathion

Malathion
/ (ˌmæləˈθaɪɒn) /

noun
trademark a yellow organophosphorus insecticide used as a dust or mist for the control of house flies and garden pests. Formula: C 10 H 19 O 6 PS 2

Word Origin for Malathion

C20: from (diethyl) mal (eate) + thio- + -on
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