malathion

noun
mal·​a·​thi·​on | \ ˌma-lə-ˈthī-ən How to pronounce malathion (audio) , -ˌän \

Definition of malathion

: an organophosphate broad-spectrum insecticide C10H19O6PS2 that is considerably less toxic to mammals than parathion

Examples of malathion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The agency said in a Feb. 25 draft analysis that malathion could jeopardize 37 species. Matthew Brown, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Mar. 2022 The agency said in a Feb. 25 draft analysis that malathion could jeopardize 37 species. chicagotribune.com, 8 Mar. 2022 The agency said in a Feb. 25 draft analysis that malathion could jeopardize 37 species. Matthew Brown, ajc, 8 Mar. 2022 The review of malathion’s impacts on wildlife came under a legal agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity. Matthew Brown, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Mar. 2022 The review of malathion’s impacts on wildlife came under a legal agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity. chicagotribune.com, 8 Mar. 2022 Some suggest spraying the trees on a regular basis, like with malathion. oregonlive, 26 Oct. 2021 In the case of caterpillars such as cutworms that come from the soil and consume the stems of very small transplants, an application of by malathion at the base, or soil line, of the transplants may be necessary. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Sep. 2021 Almost 20 million acres were treated with 1.3 million gallons of malathion, according to researchers. Matthew Brown, The Arizona Republic, 25 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of malathion

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for malathion

from Malathion, a trademark

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25 May 2022

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“Malathion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malathion. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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malathion

noun
mal·​a·​thi·​on | \ ˌmal-ə-ˈthī-ən, -ˌän How to pronounce malathion (audio) \

Medical Definition of malathion

: a thiophosphate insecticide C10H19O6PS2 with a lower mammalian toxicity than parathion

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