A chemical which is used to kill unwanted organisms such as rat
s, etc. Pesticides often act as nerve poison
s, and they are hazardous
to animals and humans (some pesticides can cause nerve
damage, birth defect
s and cancer
). See biological magnification
for related information.
From the BioTech Dictionary at http://biotech.icmb.utexas.edu/. For further information see the BioTech homenode.