toxaphene

noun

tox·​a·​phene ˈtäk-sə-ˌfēn How to pronounce toxaphene (audio)
: a persistent chlorinated insecticide mixture with the approximate empirical formula C10H10Cl8 that is now banned in the U.S.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The environmental assessment found the presence of toxaphene and dieldrin, decades-old insecticides that are now banned and have been shown to cause cancer in mice. Skyler Swisher, Sun-Sentinel.com, 10 Apr. 2018 The environmental assessment found the presence of toxaphene and dieldrin, decades-old insecticides that are now banned and have been shown to cause cancer in mice. Skyler Swisher, Sun-Sentinel.com, 10 Apr. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

from Toxaphene, a trademark

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of toxaphene was in 1947

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“Toxaphene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toxaphene. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

toxaphene

noun
tox·​a·​phene ˈtäk-sə-ˌfēn How to pronounce toxaphene (audio)
: an insecticide with the approximate empirical formula C10H10Cl8 that is a complex mixture of chlorinated compounds and has been shown to have carcinogenic properties in experiments with laboratory animals

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