organophosphorus compounds

organophosphate

[awr-guh-noh-fos-feyt, awr-gan-uh]
noun
Biochemistry. any of a variety of organic compounds that contain phosphorus and often have intense neurotoxic activity: originally developed as nerve gases, now widely used as insecticides and fire retardants.
Also called organophosphorus compounds [awr-guh-noh-fos-fer-uhs, awr-gan-uh] .


Origin:
1945–50; organo- + phosphate

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organophosphate (ɔːˌɡænəʊˈfɒsfeɪt)
 
n
any of a group of organic compounds containing phosphate groups and used as a pesticide

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organophosphate or·gan·o·phos·phate (ôr'gān'ə-fŏs'fāt)
n.
Any of several organic compounds containing phosphorus, some of which are used as fertilizers and pesticides.

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