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parathion

[ par-uh-thahy-on ]
/ ˌpær əˈθaɪ ɒn /
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noun Chemistry.
a deep-brown to yellow, poisonous liquid, C10H14NO5PS, used as an insecticide.
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Origin of parathion

First recorded in 1945–50; para-1 + thi- + -on(e)
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British Dictionary definitions for parathion

parathion
/ (ˌpærəˈθaɪɒn) /

noun
a slightly water-soluble toxic oil, odourless and colourless when pure, used as an insecticide. Formula: C 10 H 14 NO 5 PS

Word Origin for parathion

C20: from para- 1 + thio- + -on
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