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An organophosphorus systemic and soil insecticide that is effective against a wide range of insects and is also poisonous to humans on contact or ingestion; O,O-diethyl-S-(ethylthio)methylphosphorodithioate, (C₂H₅O)₂PS·S·CH₂SC₂H₅.
1950s; earliest use found in Journal of Economic Entomology. From phor- (in phosphoro-, an element of the chemical name) + -ate.
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