Definition of toxaphene
: a persistent chlorinated insecticide mixture with the approximate empirical formula C10H10Cl8 that is now banned in the U.S.
Origin and Etymology of toxaphene
from Toxaphene, a trademark
First Known Use: 1947See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of toxaphene
: 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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