Definition of chlordane in US English:



  • A synthetic viscous toxic compound used as an insecticide.

    A chlorinated derivative of indene; chemical formula: C₁₀H₆Cl₈

    • ‘Aldicarb, aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, lindane, mirex, PCBs, and toxaphene are present in all our country's ecosystems, animals, and humans.’
    • ‘Of the many hundreds of POPs in our environment, some of the worst are: PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), chlordane, DDT, toxaphene, hexachlorobenzene and dioxin.’
    • ‘Old books said to use DDT, lindane or chlordane, all toxic pesticides now banned in the United States.’
    • ‘Those chemicals are identified in schedule 2 of the legislation as aldrin, chlordane, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene, mirex, toxaphene, polychlorinated biphenyls, and DDT.’
    • ‘Organochlorine insecticides include chemicals such as DDT, methoxychlor, heptachlor, chlordane, toxaphene, aldrin, endrin, dieldrin, and lindane.’


1940s: from chlor- (representing chlorine) + (in)dene + -ane.