Definition of permethrin in English:


Line breaks: per|meth¦rin
Pronunciation: /pəˈmiːθrɪn


[mass noun]
A synthetic insecticide of the pyrethroid class, used chiefly against disease-carrying insects.
More example sentences
  • Pyrethrins and permethrin have a similar mode of activity.
  • Common treatments for head lice include permethrin and lindane.
  • Spray your clothing with permethrin insecticide spray.


1970s: from per- (sense 2) + (res)methrin, denoting a synthetic pyrethroid.

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