Simple Definition of DDT
: a poisonous chemical that was used especially in the past to protect plants from insects and that is now banned in the U.S.
Full Definition of DDT
: a colorless odorless water-insoluble insecticide C14H9Cl5 that is an aromatic organochlorine banned in the United States that tends to accumulate and persist in ecosystems and has toxic effects on many vertebrates
Origin and Etymology of ddt
dichlor- + diphenyl + trichlor- (from tri- + chlor-)
First Known Use: 1943
Medical Definition of DDT
: a colorless odorless water-insoluble crystalline insecticide C14H9Cl5 that tends to accumulate in ecosystems and has toxic effects on many vertebrates—called also chlorophenothane, dicophane
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