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roxarsone

Syllabification: rox·ar·sone
Pronunciation: /räkˈsärˌsōn
 
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Definition of roxarsone in English:

noun

An arsenic-containing antibiotic drug that is widely used as a food additive in the poultry industry to promote growth and control intestinal parasites. It is considered a source of arsenic contamination in water near some large poultry producers.
Example sentences
  • Organic arsenic is an approved ingredient in roxarsone, a feed additive used in poultry and swine.
  • Roxarsone, an organoarsenic compound, is added to poultry feed to improve weight gain and feed efficiency.
  • Claims that an boy developed leukemia because of environmental exposure to the medicated feed additive, roxarsone, may be going back to court as a result of a ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

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