dioxin

noun
di·​ox·​in | \ (ˌ)dī-ˈäk-sən How to pronounce dioxin (audio) \

Definition of dioxin

: 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

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The attacks unleashed dangerous chemicals into the Manhattan air – asbestos, dioxins, and all kinds of carcinogenic materials. Fox News, "Man who lost wife in 9/11 recalls fight to help survivors and victims in her honor," 11 Sep. 2019 Another way to convert waste to energy is through gasification, a process that melts plastics at very high temperatures in the near-absence of oxygen (which means toxins like dioxins and furans aren’t formed). Elizabeth Royte, National Geographic, "Is burning plastic waste a good idea?," 12 Mar. 2019 But no sampling had been done for 2,4,5-T, a toxic herbicide unavoidably contaminated by dioxin during its manufacturing. Rob Davis | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Recovery begins on Wallowa Lake barrels that may contain Agent Orange ingredients," 13 June 2019 Some of these include cement, asbestos, lead, glass fibers, dioxins and other chemicals. NBC News, "9/11 first responder who appeared before Congress with Jon Stewart dies," 29 June 2019 The military blend was heavily contaminated with dioxin, which the EPA classifies as a probable human carcinogen. Rob Davis | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "U.S. EPA finds 18 barrels, some intact, in Wallowa Lake recovery effort," 14 June 2019 Finally, waste-to-energy plants have the potential to emit low levels of toxic pollutants such as dioxins, acid gases, and heavy metals. Elizabeth Royte, National Geographic, "Is burning plastic waste a good idea?," 12 Mar. 2019 The dioxin pollution in the Passaic River dates back to the Vietnam era, when the U.S. military used Agent Orange to kill Vietnamese crops and vegetation. Gretchen Morgenson, WSJ, "Agent Orange’s Other Legacy—a $12 Billion Cleanup and a Fight Over Who Pays," 3 Dec. 2018 After Harvey, agency officials found dioxin in sediment near the pits at a level more than 2,000 times the EPA standard for cleanup. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "Clean up of San Jacinto Waste Pits moving forward," 9 Apr. 2018

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circa 1919, in the meaning defined above

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dioxin

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English Language Learners Definition of dioxin

: a poisonous chemical that is sometimes used in farming and industry

dioxin

noun
di·​ox·​in | \ (ˈ)dī-ˈäk-sən How to pronounce dioxin (audio) \

Medical Definition of dioxin

: 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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