/awr'geuh noh fos"fayt, awr gan'euh-/, n.
Biochem. 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'geuh noh fos"feuhr euhs, awr gan'euh-/.
[1945-50; ORGANO- + PHOSPHATE]

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  • organophosphate — noun Date: 1949 an organophosphorus compound (as a pesticide) • organophosphate adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • organophosphate — or·gano·phosphate …   English syllables

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