at·​ra·​zine | \ˈa-trə-ˌzēn \

Definition of atrazine 

: a photosynthesis-inhibiting persistent herbicide C8H14ClN5 used especially to kill annual weeds and quack grass

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As a control, one field was treated with atrazine before the corn was planted (a full control using no herbicides at all would have been destroyed by weeds without an overwhelming amount of hand weeding). The Economist, "For better or worseSpraying herbicides changes the flavour and nutritional value of crops," 1 Mar. 2018 Atrazine: A herbicide, found within legal limits and above state and national averages. Ian Cummings, kansascity, "How safe is KC area water? You can use this new database to check it," 4 Aug. 2017 Some chemicals of concern include estrogens from birth control pills, the plasticizer bisphenol A, and the herbicide atrazine. National Geographic, "Why Are These Male Fish Growing Eggs?," 3 Feb. 2016 Chemicals such as atrazine, tetrachloroethylene, and ethylene dibromide are known to contaminate drinking water supplies. Laura Grace Weldon, WIRED, "The Future Of Water Is Zuvo," 17 Jan. 2013

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First Known Use of atrazine

1959, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for atrazine

perhaps from amino + triazine

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