azadirachtin

noun azad·i·rach·tin \ ə-ˌza-də-ˈrak-tən \

Definition of azadirachtin

plural azadirachtins
:a chemical compound C35H44O16 that occurs in the seeds of the neem tree (Azadirachta indica) and is used as an insecticide
  • Most of neem's pesticidal punch comes from the compound azadirachtin, which disrupts insects' growth as well as dampening their appetite.
  • —Leslie LandNew York Times10 May 2007
  • Azadirachtin causes hormonal imbalances and disrupts the maturation cycle in insects, which results in unsuccessful molts, or heavily deformed immature insect stages.
  • —Illinois BlasdelLandscape ManagementApril 2005

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First Known Use of azadirachtin

1971


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