methyl bromide


Definition of methyl bromide

: a poisonous gaseous compound CH3Br used chiefly as a fumigant against rodents, worms, and insects

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Recent Examples on the Web Acute doses of methyl bromide can be fatal; chronic and acute exposure increases the risk of prostate cancer. Chris Baraniuk, Wired, 16 July 2022 The toxic gas that had assailed them was the odorless and colorless methyl bromide. Chris Baraniuk, Wired, 16 July 2022 These include chlorofluorocarbons, which are found in air conditioners, refrigerators, and spray cans, halons, which are found in fire extinguishers, and methyl bromide, which is used to kill weeds, insects, and other pests. Popular Science, 18 May 2020 But the province’s chemical science laboratory and officials of Karachi Port Trust have blamed the illnesses and fatalities on the release of methyl bromide, which is used in the fumigation of large vessels at the port. Salman Masood,, 19 Feb. 2020 The indictment says Rivera used fumigants containing methyl bromide in multiple locations in the Virgin Islands, including the St. John resort where the family that became ill was staying in March 2015. Kelly Mccleary, CNN, 14 Apr. 2018 According to Judith Enck, an administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, the day the family arrived at their second floor condo, the unit below them was sprayed with methyl bromide. Samantha Toscano, Good Housekeeping, 6 Apr. 2015 Historically, chloropicrin has been found most effective when used in combination with methyl bromide, which has been found to be extremely harmful to the ozone layer. Mike Sager, Esquire, 25 Feb. 2015 See More

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First Known Use of methyl bromide

1871, in the meaning defined above

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“Methyl bromide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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