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Meaning of ethephon

eth•e•phon

Pronunciation: (eth'u-fon"), [key]
— n. Chem.
  1. a solid compound, CHClOP, used as a growth regulator to accelerate the ripening of tomatoes, citrus fruit, apples, and other crops.
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