aldrin

noun

al·​drin ˈȯl-drən How to pronounce aldrin (audio) ˈal- How to pronounce aldrin (audio)
: a very poisonous formerly used cyclodiene insecticide C12H8Cl6

Examples of aldrin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, Grannas and her colleagues found that the chemical aldrin, historically used in pesticides, could transform more readily into the even more toxic chemical dieldrin in ice. Sophia Chen, WIRED, 29 Mar. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Kurt Alder †1958 German chemist + English -in entry 1

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aldrin was in 1949

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Cite this Entry

“Aldrin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aldrin. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

aldrin

noun
al·​drin ˈȯl-drən How to pronounce aldrin (audio) al- How to pronounce aldrin (audio)
: a very poisonous long-acting insecticide that is no longer used

Medical Definition

aldrin

noun
al·​drin ˈȯl-drən How to pronounce aldrin (audio) ˈal- How to pronounce aldrin (audio)
: an exceedingly poisonous cyclodiene insecticide C12H8Cl6

Biographical Definition

Aldrin

biographical name

Al·​drin ˈȯl-drən How to pronounce Aldrin (audio)
Buzz 1930–     originally Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr. American astronaut

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