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An organophosphorous compound used as an insecticide and veterinary ectoparasiticide; considered to be less toxic than parathion.
malathion/mal·a·thi·on/ (mal-ah-thi´on) an organophosphorus insecticide used as a topical pediculicide.
An organophosphate compound, C10H19O6PS2, used as an insecticide.
a widely used organophosphorus insecticide used in dilute topical applications for lice.
malathionA topical anticholinesterase-type organophosphate pesticide, used for insects (e.g., aphids, spiders, mites, head lice, houseflies and others).
Billed as a “safe” pesticide, malathion has been linked to skin and eye irritation, cramps, nausea, diarrhoea, excessive sweating, seizures, death, and ADHD.
malathionPublic health A topical anticholinesterase-type organophosphate pesticide, used for insects–aphids, spiders, mites, head lice; houseflies, and other creepy crawlies. See Intermediate syndrome, Organophosphate pesticide.
malathionA poisonous organophosphate insecticide drug used in very low concentration in preparations for external use to destroy lice. Brand names are Derbac-M, Prioderm and Suleo-M.
An insecticide that can be used in 1% powdered form to disinfect the clothes of patients with body lice.
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one of the least toxic and most widely used organophosphorus insecticides in companion animals. Toxicity when it occurs is usually due to gross overconcentration of the compound in the topical preparation used. See also organophosphorus compound.