One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A toxic synthetic insecticide, now generally banned.
A chlorinated polycyclic hydrocarbon; chemical formula: C₁₂H₈Cl₆
- ‘Many pesticides which were once very familiar contaminants - DDT, aldrin, dieldrin, and toxaphene - have been banned in the US, Canada, and the UK.’
- ‘Organochlorine insecticides include chemicals such as DDT, methoxychlor, heptachlor, chlordane, toxaphene, aldrin, endrin, dieldrin, and lindane.’
- ‘Aldicarb, aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, lindane, mirex, PCBs, and toxaphene are present in all our country's ecosystems, animals, and humans.’
- ‘Pesticides like DDT, aldrin, toxaphene and others are part of a family of chemicals known as Persistent Organic Pollutants.’
- ‘As the Minister in the previous debate mentioned, the 10 chemicals are: aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene, mirex, toxaphene, and polychlorinated biphenyls.’
1940s: from the name of K. Alder (see Diels–Alder reaction) + -in.
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