lindane

noun

lin·​dane ˈlin-ˌdān How to pronounce lindane (audio)
: a persistent organochlorine insecticide that consists chiefly of the gamma isomer of BHC

Word History

Etymology

T. van der Linden, 20th century Belgian chemist

First Known Use

circa 1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lindane was circa 1949

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Cite this Entry

“Lindane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lindane. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

lindane

noun

lin·​dane ˈlin-ˌdān How to pronounce lindane (audio)
: a compound consisting of not less than 99 percent of the gamma isomer of benzene hexachloride that is sometimes used topically in medicine to treat scabies, was formerly used as an agricultural insecticide, and biodegrades very slowly
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