DDT

noun
\ ˌdē-(ˌ)dē-ˈtē How to pronounce DDT (audio) \

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

First Known Use of DDT

1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for DDT

dichlor- + diphenyl + trichlor- (from tri- + chlor-)

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“DDT.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/DDT. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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DDT

noun
\ ˌdē-ˌdē-ˈtē How to pronounce DDT (audio) \

Kids Definition of DDT

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

DDT

noun
\ ˌdē-(ˌ)dē-ˈtē How to pronounce DDT (audio) \

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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