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organophosphate

[ awr-guh-noh-fos-feyt, awr-gan-uh‐ ]
/ ˌɔr gə noʊˈfɒs feɪt, ɔrˌgæn ə‐ /
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noun
Biochemistry. any of a variety of organic compounds that contain phosphorus and often have intense neurotoxic activity: originally developed as nerve gases, now widely used as insecticides and fire retardants.
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Also called or·ga·no·phos·pho·rus com·pounds [awr-guh-noh-fos-fer-uhs, awr-gan-uh‐]. /ˌɔr gə noʊˈfɒs fər əs, ɔrˌgæn ə‐/.

Origin of organophosphate

First recorded in 1945–50; organo- + phosphate
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How to use organophosphate in a sentence

  • The researchers can swap in sensors for other pathogens, including influenza, Ebola, and Zika, or sensors they have developed to detect organophosphate nerve agents.

    Multifunction masks|Anne Trafton|August 24, 2021|MIT Technology Review

British Dictionary definitions for organophosphate

organophosphate
/ (ɔːˌɡænəʊˈfɒsfeɪt) /

noun
any of a group of organic compounds containing phosphate groups and used as a pesticide
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for organophosphate

organophosphate
[ ôr′găn′ə-fŏsfāt ]

n.
Any of several organic compounds containing phosphorus, some of which are used as fertilizers and pesticides.
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