piperonyl butoxide

noun
pi·​per·​o·​nyl bu·​tox·​ide | \ pī-ˈper-ə-ˌnil-byu̇-ˈtäk-ˌsīd How to pronounce piperonyl butoxide (audio) , -nᵊl- \

Definition of piperonyl butoxide

: an insecticide C19H30O5 especially : an oily liquid containing this compound that is used chiefly as a synergist (as for pyrethrin insecticides)

Examples of piperonyl butoxide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends over-the-counter medications such as pyrethrins combined with piperonyl butoxide or permethrin lotion. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 11 Feb. 2016 For pubic lice, lice-killing lotions that contain active ingredients called permethrin, pyrethrins, or piperonyl butoxide, can be applied to the area. Sarah Bradley, Health.com, 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of piperonyl butoxide

1945, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for piperonyl butoxide

piperonal + -yl + butyl + oxide

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“Piperonyl butoxide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piperonyl%20butoxide. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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piperonyl butoxide

noun
pi·​per·​o·​nyl bu·​tox·​ide | \ pī-ˈper-ə-ˌnil-byu̇-ˈtäk-ˌsīd, -ən-ᵊl- How to pronounce piperonyl butoxide (audio) \

Medical Definition of piperonyl butoxide

: an insecticide C19H30O5 that has the capacity to alter the pharmacological action of some drugs also : an oily liquid containing this compound that is used chiefly as a synergist (as for pyrethrum insecticides)

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