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[eth-uh-fon] /ˈɛθ əˌfɒn/
noun, Chemistry
a solid compound, C 2 H 6 ClO 3 P, used as a growth regulator to accelerate the ripening of tomatoes, citrus fruit, apples, and other crops.
Origin of ethephon
1970-75; as shortening of the chemical name 2-chloroethanephosphonic acid; see chloro-, ethane, phospho-, -onic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It appears the hydrocarbon yields can be increased using ethephon and morphactin growth hormones.
  • Samples of walnuts were collected from the harvester at the first and second harvest with and without ethephon treatment.

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