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 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, "Wacky weather punched a new hole in the ozone—and it could happen again," 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,, "Poisoning probable cause of 14 deaths," 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, "Terminix employee indicted in family's pesticide poisoning," 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, "Family Possibly Poisoned by Pesticide at Vacation Resort," 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, "Growing Almonds in the Desert," 25 Feb. 2015

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First Known Use of methyl bromide

1871, in the meaning defined above

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2 Jun 2020

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“Methyl bromide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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Medical Definition of methyl bromide

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

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