: a persistent organochlorine C15H8Cl4 that is produced by the metabolic breakdown of DDT

Examples of DDE in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Testing also revealed trace amounts of DDE, a breakdown product of DDT, an insecticide banned in the United States in 1972. Lauren Oster, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Apr. 2024 In addition, the unruly owl experienced exposure to anticoagulant rodenticides, DDE, a compound of chemicals that are used to kill rodents within New York City, the necropsy said. USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2024 Toxicology tests also revealed trace amounts of DDE, a breakdown product of the pesticide DDT, which has been banned in the United States since the early 1970s. Ed Shanahan, New York Times, 25 Mar. 2024 Toxicology testing also revealed trace amounts of DDE, a breakdown product of the pesticide DDT, the WCS said. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 25 Mar. 2024 However, studies have focused on ingestion of the chemical, such as by eating fruit contaminated with pesticide residue; less is known about the effects of inhaling DDE. Gene Johnson, ajc, 8 Apr. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

dichlor- + diphenyl + ethylene

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of DDE was in 1949

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“DDE.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/DDE. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

DDE

noun
: a persistent organochlorine C15H8Cl4 that is produced by the metabolic breakdown of DDT
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