copper sulfate

noun Chemistry.

Origin:
1890–95

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copper sulfate  
A crystalline salt that is soluble in water and slightly soluble in alcohol. In its anhydrous form it is white, and in its hydrous form it is blue. Copper sulfate is used in agriculture, textile dyeing, leather treatment, electroplating, and the manufacture of germicides. In its blue form it is also called blue vitriol. Chemical formula: CuSO4·5H2O.
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But copper sulfate has also been shown to have chronic effects at lower doses of exposure.
Even organic fruits and vegetables are suspect, often bearing residues of the toxic pesticide copper sulfate.
Catfish hatcheries use copper sulfate to prevent fungus from growing on eggs during their short incubation period.
Evaluate copper sulfate treatments to control snails under commercial farm conditions.
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