at·​ra·​zine | \ ˈa-trə-ˌzēn How to pronounce atrazine (audio) \

Definition of atrazine

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

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Recent Examples on the Web That means the wallabies are more vulnerable to external threats, such as chemical pollutants, and are likely to more clearly show effects of things like atrazine exposure, writes Corryn Wetzel for Nat Geo. National Geographic, "Stuck at home, volunteers help scientists track nature," 10 Sep. 2020 Pask disagrees, citing evidence of high atrazine spikes in Australian streams. Corryn Wetzel, National Geographic, "Wallabies exposed to common weed killer have reproductive abnormalities," 9 Sep. 2020 Aerial spraying can allow toxic chemicals like glyphosate, 2,4-D and atrazine to drift long distances or get into waterways that serve as drinking water sources. oregonlive, "Oregon environmental groups, timber companies strike landmark compromise, signaling end to November ballot fight," 10 Feb. 2020 Those pesticides included atrazine (26%), chlorpyrifos (59%), cypermethrin (49%), diazinon (60%), and permethrin (46%). Rebekah Tuchscherer, USA TODAY, "Study finds residue of pesticides, antibiotics and growth hormone in non-organic milk," 26 June 2019 Take atrazine, a weed killer that's widely used on agricultural crops (especially corn) as well as on golf courses and residential lawns and along highways. Rachael Moeller Gorman, Good Housekeeping, "Is Your Tap Water Safe?," 15 Aug. 2012 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

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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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“Atrazine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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