Definition of dieldrin
: a white crystalline persistent toxic chlorinated compound C12H8Cl6O used especially formerly as an insecticide
Origin of dieldrin
Diels-Alder reaction (an addition reaction forming a 6-membered ring), after Otto Diels & Kurt Alder
First Known Use: circa 1949
Medical Definition of dieldrin
: a white crystalline persistent chlorinated hydrocarbon insecticide C12H8Cl6O
Biographical Note for dieldrin
Diels \ˈdē(ə)ls\play Otto Paul Hermann (1876–1954), and Al·der \ˈȯl-dər\play Kurt (1902–1958), German chemists. Diels and Alder made an important contribution to organic chemistry with their development of a method for synthesizing a ring of six carbon atoms. This is now known as the Diels-Alder reaction, from which aldrin and dieldrin are derived. In 1928 Diels and Alder published their first paper on the subject. The insecticides aldrin and dieldrin were first prepared by the method which is now widely used in the synthesis of organic compounds. Diels and Alder were awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1950.
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