toxaphene

noun
tox·​a·​phene | \ˈtäk-sə-ˌfēn \

Definition of toxaphene 

: a persistent chlorinated insecticide mixture with the approximate empirical formula C10H10Cl8 that is now banned in the U.S.

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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

noun
tox·​a·​phene | \ˈtäk-sə-ˌfēn \

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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