maleic hydrazide

[muh-lee-ik hahy-druh-zahyd]

noun Chemistry.

a crystalline compound, C4N2H4O2, used as a plant growth inhibitor and weed-killer.

Origin of maleic hydrazide

1945–50; maleic (see maleic acid); hydr-2 + az- + -ide
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