organophosphorus

adjective
or·gan·o·phos·pho·rus | \ ˌȯr-gə-nō-ˈfäs-f(ə-)rəs , ȯr-ˌga-nō- \
variants: or less commonly organophosphorous \ˌȯr-gə-nō-fäs-ˈfȯr-əs, ȯr-ˌga-nō- \

Definition of organophosphorus 

: of, relating to, or being a phosphorus-containing organic compound and especially a pesticide (such as malathion) that acts by inhibiting cholinesterase

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organophosphorus noun

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Sergei Skripal was poisoned with one of a class of nerve agents known as Novichok agents and chemically described as organophosphorus compounds. Vera Thoss, Washington Post, "How the nerve agent in the spy attack and other toxins cause widespread contamination," 24 Mar. 2018 Sergei Skripal was poisoned with one of a class of nerve agents known as Novichok agents and chemically described as organophosphorus compounds. Vera Thoss, Washington Post, "How the nerve agent in the spy attack and other toxins cause widespread contamination," 24 Mar. 2018 Sergei Skripal was poisoned with one of a class of nerve agents known as Novichok agents and chemically described as organophosphorus compounds. Vera Thoss, Washington Post, "How the nerve agent in the spy attack and other toxins cause widespread contamination," 24 Mar. 2018 Sergei Skripal was poisoned with one of a class of nerve agents known as Novichok agents and chemically described as organophosphorus compounds. Vera Thoss, Washington Post, "How the nerve agent in the spy attack and other toxins cause widespread contamination," 24 Mar. 2018 Sergei Skripal was poisoned with one of a class of nerve agents known as Novichok agents and chemically described as organophosphorus compounds. Vera Thoss, Washington Post, "How the nerve agent in the spy attack and other toxins cause widespread contamination," 24 Mar. 2018 Sergei Skripal was poisoned with one of a class of nerve agents known as Novichok agents and chemically described as organophosphorus compounds. Vera Thoss, Washington Post, "How the nerve agent in the spy attack and other toxins cause widespread contamination," 24 Mar. 2018 Sergei Skripal was poisoned with one of a class of nerve agents known as Novichok agents and chemically described as organophosphorus compounds. Vera Thoss, Washington Post, "How the nerve agent in the spy attack and other toxins cause widespread contamination," 24 Mar. 2018 Sergei Skripal was poisoned with one of a class of nerve agents known as Novichok agents and chemically described as organophosphorus compounds. Vera Thoss, Washington Post, "How the nerve agent in the spy attack and other toxins cause widespread contamination," 24 Mar. 2018

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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organophosphorus

adjective
or·gan·o·phos·pho·rus | \ -ˈfäs-f(ə-)rəs \
variants: also organophosphorous \-fäs-ˈfōr-əs, -ˈfȯr- \

Medical Definition of organophosphorus 

: of, relating to, or being a phosphorus-containing organic pesticide (as malathion) that acts by inhibiting cholinesterase

Other words from organophosphorus

organophosphorus noun

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