Definition of malathion
: an organophosphate broad-spectrum insecticide C10H19O6PS2 that is considerably less toxic to mammals than parathion
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Sold as Dibrom, naled is an organophosphate, a category of chemicals that also includes malathion; both are widely used to control mosquitoes.
According to the CDC, the mosquitoes carrying the disease in Puerto Rico became resistant to the first-choice pesticide permethrin and also to malathion.
DDT, methoxychlor, malathion, phenothiazine, and various dinitro compounds are among the pesticides that have been found to inhibit one or more of the enzymes concerned in the cycle of oxidation.
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Origin and Etymology of malathion
from Malathion, a trademark
First Known Use: 1953See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of malathion
: a thiophosphate insecticide C10H19O6PS2 with a lower mammalian toxicity than parathion
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