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fumigant

[fyoo-mi-guh nt] /ˈfyu mɪ gənt/
noun
1.
any volatile or volatilizable chemical compound used as a disinfectant or pesticide.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < Latin fūmigant- (stem of fūmigāns, present participle of fūmigāre), equivalent to fūmig- (see fumigate) + -ant- -ant
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  • The primary source of sulfuryl fluoride in the environment is from its use as a fumigant.
  • When moving boxes, be careful that the mothballs and fumigant containers do not come loose and damage the specimens.
  • The ignitable gas cartridge has been the traditional burrow fumigant for many years.
  • Some biological, chemical and physical properties of sulfuryl fluoride as an insecticidal fumigant.
British Dictionary definitions for fumigant

fumigant

/ˈfjuːmɪɡənt/
noun
1.
a substance used for fumigating
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fumigant in Medicine

fumigant fu·mi·gant (fyōō'mĭ-gənt)
n.
A chemical compound used in its gaseous state as a disinfectant.

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Encyclopedia Article for fumigant

any volatile, poisonous substance used to kill insects, nematodes, and other animals or plants that damage stored foods or seeds, human dwellings, clothing, and nursery stock. Soil fumigants are sprayed or spread over an area to be cultivated and are worked into the soil to control disease-causing fungi, nematodes, and weeds

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