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ethephon

[eth-uh-fon] /ˈɛθ əˌfɒn/
noun, Chemistry
1.
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
1970-1975
1970-75; as shortening of the chemical name 2-chloroethanephosphonic acid; see chlor(o)-2, ethane, phospho-, -onic
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