glyph·​o·​sate | \ˈgli-fə-ˌsāt, ˈglī-\

Definition of glyphosate 

: a systemic organophosphate herbicide C3H8NO5P used to control herbaceous and woody weeds especially on croplands

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But jumpstarting the program will require taking on a constitutional court ruling that places strict limits on the use of the herbicide glyphosate. Cesar Garcia, Fox News, "UN says Colombia's coca production surges to record high," 19 Sep. 2018 The degree of exposure can be an issue with glyphosate. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Lawsuit brings $289 million verdict against maker of Roundup weed killer," 11 Aug. 2018 Paraquat, the herbicide mentioned before, has a 42.7 percent fatality rate, but that same study found a 2.4 percent rate for glyphosate, another widely used herbicide, and a zero percent fatality rate for one called fenoxaprop-p-ethyl. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year," 15 Nov. 2018 Glyphosate’s safety came under scrutiny after the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a unit of the World Health Organization, in 2015 classified glyphosate as likely having the potential to cause cancer. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Judge Reduces Jury Award Against Bayer’s Roundup to $78.5 Million," 23 Oct. 2018 And a meta-analysis of epidemiological studies found no consistent association of glyphosate with cancer. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Lawsuit brings $289 million verdict against maker of Roundup weed killer," 11 Aug. 2018 Many government regulators have rejected a link between cancer and glyphosate. Sudhin Thanawala, The Seattle Times, "Lawsuits alleging Roundup caused cancer can move forward," 10 July 2018 California already considers the Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, to be a carcinogen, as does the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer. Lucas Laursen, Fortune, "Why Monsanto Could Soon Get Hit With a Flood of Cancer-Related Lawsuits," 11 July 2018 Cancer experts disagree, often strongly, on whether either talc or glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, causes cancer in people. NBC News, "Johnson & Johnson talc verdict goes against what is known about cancer," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of glyphosate

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glyphosate

perhaps from International Scientific Vocabulary glycine + phosph- + -ate entry 1

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