organophosphate

noun
or·​gan·​o·​phos·​phate | \ ˌȯr-gə-nō-ˈfäs-ˌfāt How to pronounce organophosphate (audio) , ȯr-ˌga-nō-\

Definition of organophosphate

: an organophosphorus compound (such as a pesticide)

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organophosphate adjective

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Back home in Denver, their doctors wondered whether they’d been exposed to organophosphates — chemicals most often used in pesticides. Stephie Grob Plante, Vox, "Tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic are sparking concern among travelers," 26 June 2019 Current scientific literature indicates that organophosphate poisoning can lead to respiratory failure in some cases. Stephie Grob Plante, Vox, "Tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic are sparking concern among travelers," 26 June 2019 According to medical records included in the lawsuit their family doctors suspected the couple had been exposed to organophosphates, chemicals often found in pesticides. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "Colorado Couple Says They Became Violently Sick at Dominican Resort Where 3 Americans Died," 7 June 2019 About 3 million people worldwide are exposed to organophosphates every year, accounting for 300,000 deaths, the NCBI reports. Ashley Fantz, CNN, "Colorado couple: We were sickened at same Dominican Republic resort where 3 Americans died," 6 June 2019 The medical team realized that the pair were exhibiting symptoms typical of organophosphate poisoning — the substance used in pesticides and in nerve agents. William Booth, Washington Post, "How a Russian ex-spy was saved from one of the deadliest nerve agents ever made," 29 May 2018 Although some of these symptoms are common with other nervous system disruptions, doctors are taught to look for these symptoms together as a sign of exposure to organophosphates. Martin Boland, Scientific American, "What We Know about Novichok, the ‘Newby’ Nerve Agent Linked to Russia," 14 Mar. 2018 Sarin and other organophosphates that lack an amine group may trigger a lasting neurotoxic syndrome with symptoms such as nightmares, memory deficits, muscle weakness, and depression. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "U.K. attack shines spotlight on deadly nerve agent developed by Soviet scientists," 19 Mar. 2018 The type of spasms associated with organophosphate poisoning are somewhat diagnostic. Martin Boland, Scientific American, "What We Know about Novichok, the ‘Newby’ Nerve Agent Linked to Russia," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of organophosphate

1945, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of organophosphate was in 1945

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organophosphate

noun
or·​gan·​o·​phos·​phate | \ ȯr-ˌgan-ə-ˈfäs-ˌfāt How to pronounce organophosphate (audio) \

Medical Definition of organophosphate

: an organophosphorus compound

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organophosphate adjective

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