Definition of organophosphate in English:


Line breaks: or¦gano|phos¦phate
Pronunciation: /ɔːˌgənəʊˈfɒsfeɪt
, ɔːˈganəʊˌfɒsfeɪt


  • Any organic compound whose molecule contains one or more phosphate ester groups, especially a pesticide of this kind.
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    • The Edinburgh-based Institute of Occupational Medicine has reported nerve damage among farm workers exposed to organophosphates.
    • Scientists from Manchester University studied an enzyme found in blood which is responsible for breaking down an organophosphate used in sheep dip.
    • At no time did Mr Stoker experience symptoms consistent with acute poisoning with organophosphates.

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