Definition of parathion in English:

parathion

Line breaks: para|thion
Pronunciation: /ˌparəˈθʌɪən
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A highly toxic synthetic organophosphorus compound containing phosphorus and sulphur, used as an agricultural insecticide.
    More example sentences
    • These pesticides include the insecticides methyl parathion, lindane and DDT.
    • The organophosphate type of insecticides (examples parathion and malathion) vary greatly in their toxicity and hazard to man.
    • Some prominent examples are the insecticides parathion, fenitrothion, malathion, and phosphamidon.

Origin

1940s: from para-1 ( sense 2) + thio- + -on.

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