dioxin

noun

di·​ox·​in (ˌ)dī-ˈäk-sən How to pronounce dioxin (audio)
: any of several persistent toxic heterocyclic hydrocarbons that occur especially as by-products of various industrial processes (such as pesticide manufacture and papermaking) and waste incineration
especially : tcdd

Examples of dioxin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Burning vinyl chloride can create dioxins, which are carcinogenic, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mark Osborne, ABC News, 9 Apr. 2024 The dioxin levels in the East Palestine samples do not appear to be higher than those of the comparison group. Brenda Goodman, CNN, 3 Feb. 2024 The researchers tested a small sample of 20 residents and compared the levels of several dioxins in their blood with samples from nonsmokers in a database maintained by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Brenda Goodman, CNN, 3 Feb. 2024 Vinyl chloride burning can create dioxins, which are carcinogenic, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Alex Presha, ABC News, 2 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for dioxin 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dioxin was circa 1919

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“Dioxin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dioxin. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

dioxin

noun
di·​ox·​in (ˈ)dī-ˈäk-sən How to pronounce dioxin (audio)
: any of several persistent toxic heterocyclic hydrocarbons that occur especially as by-products of various industrial processes (as pesticide manufacture and paper milling) and waste incineration
especially : tcdd see agent orange

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