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organophosphates

Pronunciation: or'ga-no-fos'fats

Definition: A series of phosphorus-containing organic compounds usually also containing a halide ion that reacts with cholinesterase. Organophosphates phosphorylate cholinesterase and thus irreversibly inhibit it. Used as insecticides; have also been used as gases in warfare.

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