metaldehyde

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noun met·al·de·hyde \ˌmet-ˈal-də-ˌhīd\

Definition of metaldehyde

  1. :  a crystalline compound (CH3CHO)4 that is a polymer of acetaldehyde and is used as a lure and poison for snails and slugs

Origin and Etymology of metaldehyde

probably from meta- + aldehyde


Medical Dictionary

metaldehyde

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noun met·al·de·hyde \ˌmet-ˈal-də-ˌhīd\

Medical Definition of metaldehyde

  1. :  a crystalline compound (C2H4O)n that is a cyclic oligomer of acetaldehyde used as a solid fuel for portable stoves and as a lure and poison for snails


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