One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A highly toxic organophosphate compound that acts as a cholinesterase inhibitor and has been used as an agricultural insecticide and acaricide; methyl 3-(dimethoxyphosphinyloxy)but-2-enoate, C₇H₁₃O₆P.
1960s; earliest use found in Recommended Common Names for Pesticides. From me- + vin- + -phos.
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