toxaphene

noun
tox·​a·​phene | \ ˈtäk-sə-ˌfēn How to pronounce toxaphene (audio) \

Definition of toxaphene

: 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, "Fire station planned for West Delray, despite environmental concerns and higher cost," 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, "Fire station planned for West Delray, despite environmental concerns and higher cost," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of toxaphene

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for toxaphene

from Toxaphene, a trademark

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“Toxaphene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toxaphene. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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toxaphene

noun
tox·​a·​phene | \ ˈtäk-sə-ˌfēn How to pronounce toxaphene (audio) \

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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