Malathion meaning

mălə-thīŏn
An organophosphate compound, C10 H19 O6 PS2 , used as an insecticide.
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An organic phosphate, C10H19O6S2P, of relatively low toxicity for mammals, used as an insecticide.
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An organophosphate compound, C10 H19 O6 PS2 , used as an insecticide.
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Trade name for a pesticide, Diethyl [(dimethoxyphosphinothioyl)-thio]butanedioate.
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Origin of malathion

  • Alteration (influenced by parathion) of earlier malathon alteration of male(ate) (me)th(yl) –on (perhaps modeled on marathon)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition