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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Pentachlorophenol contains dioxins, which are used in making chemical weapons, like Agent Orange, and can peel away human skin and cause leukemia.
The FDA recommends that tampons be free from dioxins and pesticide or herbicide residue and requests that companies provide assurances, including test plans, for monitoring them.
The contamination was caused by dioxin released by Dow decades ago.
The Superfund program cleans sites highly contaminated with such hazardous waste as lead, asbestos, dioxin and radioactive materials.
About a decade ago, Quy served as an intermediary between Vietnam and the United States as the countries debated how to jointly address leftover dioxin, the chemical agent in Agent Orange.
These sites have been highly polluted since the 1950s and 1960s with dioxins, PCBs, mercury, and other industrial chemicals.
Dow has also dumped hundreds of millions of pounds of toxic chemical byproducts into wetlands of Louisiana, and has even poisoned its own backyard, leaving record levels of dioxinsdownriver from its global headquarters in Midland, Michigan.
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Definition of dioxin for English Language Learners
: a poisonous chemical that is sometimes used in farming and industry
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