dioxin

noun
di·ox·in | \(ˌ)dī-ˈäk-sən \

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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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 Elevated levels of dioxins and other contaminants have been detected in soil, groundwater, sediment, surface water and fish. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Stanley, Black & Decker Agrees To $100 Million Cleanup Of RI Superfund Site," 9 July 2018 From the 1940s to the 1970s, Emhart’s predecessor operated a chemical manufacturing facility on the peninsula and used a raw material contaminated with a toxic form of dioxin. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Stanley, Black & Decker Agrees To $100 Million Cleanup Of RI Superfund Site," 9 July 2018 More than 30 hotspots where dioxin has settled have been discovered along the river, the Houston Ship Channel and into Galveston Bay, but details of the spots have not been released by environmental regulators in Texas. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Three senior Scott Pruitt aides resigned from the EPA this week," 4 May 2018 According to the World Health Organization, dioxins can cause liver damage, compromise the immune system, endocrine system and reproductive system, and chronic exposure can lead to cancer. Stephen English, star-telegram, "Dangerous levels of toxins found in fish from Lake Worth, parts of the Trinity | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 15 Mar. 2018 The haphazard method of incineration generated numerous pollutants, including carbon monoxide and dioxin—the same chemical compound found in Agent Orange, the dangerous defoliant during the Vietnam War. Perry Chiaramonte, Fox News, "Former burn pit inspector says warnings were largely ignored by Pentagon officials during Iraq War," 7 June 2018 But in August the cap leaked during Hurricane Harvey, and the agency soon discovered elevated dioxin levels in an adjacent river. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Scott Pruitt’s Dirty Politics," 3 Apr. 2017 The pending civil lawsuit involves more than 600 people who believe their health and property were damaged by long-term exposure to dioxin from paper mill wastes stored in the pits that leached into the river. Lise Olsen, Houston Chronicle, "Foes of San Jacinto waste removal plan backed by corporate funds," 19 Jan. 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 \

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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