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Meaning of organophosphate

or•ga•no•phos•phate

Pronunciation: (ôr"gu-nō-fos'fāt, ôr-gan"u-), [key]
— n.
  1. 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
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