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.

Examples of toxaphene in a Sentence

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

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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 22 Jun. 2024.

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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