an organic phosphate, CHOSP, of relatively low toxicity for mammals, used as an insecticide
Origin of malathion; from mal(ic) a(cid) + thion(ic)
An organophosphate compound, C10H19O6PS2, used as an insecticide.
Origin of malathionAlteration (influenced by parathion) of earlier malathon : alteration of male(ate) + (me)th(yl) + –on3 (perhaps modeled on marathon).
- Trade name for a pesticide, Diethyl [(dimethoxyphosphinothioyl)-thio]butanedioate.