piperonyl butoxide

noun

pi·​per·​o·​nyl bu·​tox·​ide pī-ˈper-ə-ˌnil-byu̇-ˈtäk-ˌsīd How to pronounce piperonyl butoxide (audio)
-nᵊl-
: 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 This dog shampoo also contains pyrethrins, which are derived from chrysanthemum flowers, and piperonyl butoxide, which synergistically increase the effectiveness of the pyrethrins. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 11 July 2022 Look for piperonyl butoxide and pyrethrum extract. Alena Hall, Verywell Health, 6 Mar. 2023 This dog shampoo contains pyrethrins, which are derived from chrysanthemum flowers, and piperonyl butoxide, which synergistically increase the effectiveness of the pyrethrins. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 11 July 2022 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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Word History

Etymology

piperonal + -yl + butyl + oxide

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of piperonyl butoxide was in 1945

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Cite this Entry

“Piperonyl butoxide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piperonyl%20butoxide. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

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)
: 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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