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 of ddt
dichlor- + diphenyl + trichlor- (from tri- + chlor-)
First Known Use: 1943
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DDT Defined for Kids
Definition of DDT
: a chemical that was used as an insecticide until it was found to damage the environment
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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