pentachlorophenol

noun
pen·​ta·​chlo·​ro·​phe·​nol | \ˌpen-tə-ˌklȯr-ə-ˈfē-ˌnōl, -fi-ˈnōl \

Definition of pentachlorophenol 

: a crystalline compound C6Cl5OH used especially as a wood preservative and fungicide and a disinfectant

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Near Alexandra, in central Louisiana, two plants that use coal-tar creosote and pentachlorophenol to pressure-treat and preserve wooden objects like rail ties and telephone poles operate directly adjacent to communities. Justin Nobel, Longreads, "The Louisiana Environmental Apocalypse Road Trip," 13 July 2017 Pentachlorophenol contains dioxins, which are used in making chemical weapons, like Agent Orange, and can peel away human skin and cause leukemia. Justin Nobel, Longreads, "The Louisiana Environmental Apocalypse Road Trip," 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of pentachlorophenol

1869, in the meaning defined above

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pentachlorophenol

noun
pen·​ta·​chlo·​ro·​phe·​nol | \ˌpent-ə-ˌklōr-ə-ˈfē-ˌnōl, -ˌnȯl-, -ˌklȯr-, -fi-ˈ\

Medical Definition of pentachlorophenol 

: a crystalline compound C6Cl5OH used especially as a wood preservative, insecticide, and fungicide

called also PCP

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