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Definition of "daminozide" [daminozide]

  • A chemical plant growth regulator, C6H12N2O3, formerly used to increase the storage life of fruit, and currently used as a growth retardant for azaleas, chrysanthemums, and other plants. (noun)

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Use "daminozide" in a sentence
  • "Consumers Union criticized the FDA for using antiquated and insensitive laboratory techniques that could not measure Alar below 500 parts per billion ppb, stating in Consumer Reports: "Looking for daminozide [Alar's a trade name] in apple juice with PAM II [the test method used by FDA] is like trying to catch speeders with a radar gun that doesn't work for speeds under 100 mph.""
  • "The program was launched in 1990 to answer congressional concerns over the use of the chemical daminozide, or Alar, on apples."
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