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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Origin of organophosphate
Also called or·ga·no·phos·pho·rus com·pounds [awr-guh-noh-fos-fer-uh s, awr-gan-uh‐] /ˌɔr gə noʊˈfɒs fər əs, ɔrˌgæn ə‐/.
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any of a group of organic compounds containing phosphate groups and used as a pesticide
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Any of several organic compounds containing phosphorus, some of which are used as fertilizers and pesticides.
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