py·​re·​thrin | \ pī-ˈrē-thrən How to pronounce pyrethrin (audio) , -ˈre- How to pronounce pyrethrin (audio) \

Definition of pyrethrin

: either of two oily liquid esters C21H28O3 and C22H28O5 having insecticidal properties and occurring especially in the flowers of pyrethrum

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Recent Examples on the Web For pubic lice, lice-killing lotions that contain active ingredients called permethrin, pyrethrins, or piperonyl butoxide, can be applied to the area. Sarah Bradley,, "What Does Lice Look Like? These 3 Photos Show Head, Pubic, and Body Lice," 24 Oct. 2019 Aphids, though more nuisance than major threat, can be treated with one of many sprays that have pyrethrin as a active ingredient. Earl Nickel,, "How to keep pesky visitors out of the garden," 20 Sep. 2019 As if that's not reason enough to avoid them, those insecticidal shampoos often don't even work any more, because so many lice have also become resistant to pyrethrins and pyrethroids. Mariko Zapf, Good Housekeeping, "This 3-Step Natural Head Lice Remedy Works For My Family Every Time," 15 Aug. 2017 Most wasp killers contain pyrethrins, which are derived from botanical sources. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Wasps using agapanthus as a home base," 28 Mar. 2017 The Extension recommends using a fast-acting aerosol insecticide containing pyrethrins if fire ants are detected among flood debris, though these insecticides can be toxic to aquatic organisms, so caution is recommended. Jonece Starr Dunigan,, "Burning smell prompts plane to land at Selma airport, 2 injured," 21 June 2017 Pyrethrins and pyrethroids also work by interfering with sodium pores. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, "Revenge of the Super Lice," 29 May 2017

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First Known Use of pyrethrin

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pyrethrin

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin pyrethrum

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The first known use of pyrethrin was in 1882

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18 Nov 2019

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“Pyrethrin.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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py·​re·​thrin | \ pī-ˈrē-thrən How to pronounce pyrethrin (audio) , -ˈreth-rən How to pronounce pyrethrin (audio) \

Medical Definition of pyrethrin

: either of two oily liquid esters C21H28O3 and C22H28O5 that have insecticidal properties and are the active components of pyrethrum

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