para·​di·​chlo·​ro·​ben·​zene ˌper-ə-ˌdī-ˌklȯr-ə-ˈben-ˌzēn How to pronounce paradichlorobenzene (audio)
: a white crystalline compound C6H4Cl2 made by chlorinating benzene and used especially as a moth repellent and deodorizer

Examples of paradichlorobenzene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your grandma's favorite method is on the outs now that many experts consider the chemicals — naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene — a health risk. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 13 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paradichlorobenzene was in 1876

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“Paradichlorobenzene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


para·​di·​chlo·​ro·​ben·​zene ˌpar-ə-ˌdī-ˌklōr-ə-ˈben-ˌzēn How to pronounce paradichlorobenzene (audio)
: a white compound that contains chlorine and benzene and is used chiefly in moth balls

Medical Definition


: a white crystalline compound C6H4Cl2 made by chlorinating benzene and used chiefly as a moth repellent and deodorizer

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