DDT

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Definition of DDT

:a colorless odorless water-insoluble insecticide C14H9Cl5 that is an aromatic organochlorine banned in the U.S. 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-)


DDT Defined for English Language Learners

DDT

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Definition of DDT for English Language Learners

  • : a poisonous chemical that was used especially in the past to protect plants from insects and that is now banned in the U.S.


DDT Defined for Kids

DDT

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Definition of DDT for Students

:a chemical that was used as an insecticide until it was found to damage the environment

Medical Dictionary

DDT

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noun \ ˌdē-(ˌ)dē-ˈtē \

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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