Recent Examples of pesticide from the Web
Just as insects and pathogens evolve resistance to new pesticides and antibiotics, so gene drives, too, may provoke resistance—and may do so far faster than many suspected.
Residential systems that automatically spray pesticides once or twice a day, from nozzles attached to fences or buildings, are becoming more available at a cost of as much as $4,000 or more.
Stay away from chemicals such as pesticides and cat or rodent feces.
Beer is full of gluten and pesticides—both of which are endocrine disruptors.
The flight attendant union’s test results show detectable levels of formaldehyde, cadmium, chromium and other chemicals commonly used in pesticides and detergents.
Advocates are also concerned about pesticide residues that can be found in nonorganic cotton in pads or tampons, as well as adhesive chemicals used in pads or other additives used to improve absorbency.
Now, advocates concerned about exposure to potentially toxic pesticide residues or other additives or byproducts are pushing for greater transparency and safety testing of components that make up feminine care products.
Other possible risk factors: premature birth, air pollution, water pollution and pesticides.
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First Known Use of pesticide
PESTICIDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pesticide for English Language Learners
: a chemical that is used to kill animals or insects that damage plants or crops
PESTICIDE Defined for Kids
Definition of pesticide for Students
: a substance used to destroy pests (as insects or weeds)
Medical Definition of pesticide
: an agent used to destroy pests
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