Definition of pentachlorophenol in English:

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pentachlorophenol

Pronunciation: /ˌpen(t)əˌklôrəˈfēnäl/

noun

Chemistry
A colorless, crystalline, synthetic compound used in insecticides, fungicides, weed killers, and wood preservatives.
  • Chemical formula: C6Cl5OH
Example sentences
  • To prevent the anti-sap stain, we used to put wood through the boric bath, to which pentachlorophenol and organochlorine were added for cosmetic reasons.
  • The dioxins in pentachlorophenol are toxic, causing health problems from severe skin rashes to liver damage and possible cancer.
  • Deregistering pentachlorophenol, a chemical used for treating timber in New Zealand, in 1991.
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