Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A colorless, oily liquid, C12H17NO, that has a mild odor and is used as an insect repellent.

Etymologies

From d.t., abbr. of diethyl toluamide.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I have heard bug repelent with deet is hard to find in Mexico and my housekeeper always asks me to bring down multi packs of the CFL light bulbs (4 pack at US home depot about $7USD) that cost abut $8 USD each in Mexico ...

    Ok Newbie here but I have studied the websites..

  • Corbel said, "We've found that deet is not simply a behavior-modifying chemical but also inhibits the activity of a key central nervous system enzyme, acetycholinesterase, in both insects and mammals".

    Boing Boing

  • Usually 25% deet is plenty to keep them at bay, if you take a trip back into the lagoons along the coast use the 100%.

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  • So if you actually take deet, which is a chemical which actually ward off mosquitoes, put it all over your body, reapply it only every few hours, if you need to, and don't to use deet with a concentration higher than 35 percent.

    CNN Transcript Aug 7, 2002

  • The chemical known as deet (for N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) is found in nearly every commonly used mosquito repellent in the world, and eight billion doses have been applied since its introduction to the consumer market in 1957.

    Signs of the Times

  • I am also from NC and I use the deet deep woods bug spray and I find that it works realy well.

    So I was doing some scouting on the land behind my house today with a few other guys.

  • It is my habit to walk my dog daily from our home in Ajijic along about eight kilometers of lakefront and village streets and, thanks to your timely warning, IĀ“m loading upon deet before I go again and will forego reading in my garden without being fully dreaased and prottected with deet.

    Dengue A word of caution

  • I'll use the thermacell -- and if that isn't enough, I'll poison myself with deet -- it beats malaria.

    Repel Biting Bugs With Your iPhone

  • What ever happened to the good old 100% deet that we used to spray on and just go for it like men?

    Repel Biting Bugs With Your iPhone

  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus, a plant-based repellant, for example, has been found to provide similar protection to low concentrations of deet, but should not be used on children under the age of three.

    Safe insect repellent tips for babies and children

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