One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A white compound used as a fungicidal powder on vegetables and fruit.
Alternative name: zinc ethylene bisdithiocarbamate; chemical formula: C₄H₆N₂S₄Zn
- ‘A small group of six chemicals (monocrotophos, glyphosate, metamidophos, zineb, benomyl and deltamethrin) belonging to different chemical classes were used by 50 or more workers.’
- ‘The method has been employed for the determination of ziram in commercial samples and in various foodstuffs, and the results were compared with the earlier reported methods.’
- ‘Terata have been observed in rats administered amounts of zineb in excess of 2000 mg/kg/day.’
1950s; from zin(c) + e(thylene) + b(is-) from the systematic name.
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