Definition of benzene hexachloride in English:

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benzene hexachloride

Pronunciation: /ˌbenzēn ˌheksəˈklôrīd/

Entry from US English dictionary

(abbreviation BHC)


1A compound of benzene and chlorine used as an insecticide.
  • Chemical formula: C6H6Cl6.
Example sentences
  • As the breast cancer rate rose in 1978, the government took the precautionary step of banning three pesticides (benzene hexachloride, lindane and DDT).
  • While very productive, full-sun coffee harvesting requires intensive use of herbicides, pesticides and artificial fertilizers (including some, like DDT and benzene hexachloride, that are banned in the U.S.).
  • The individual was treated with 1% gamma benzene hexachloride for scabies and developed convulsions.
2 used as a general term for lindane.

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Syllabification: ben·zene hex·a·chlor·ide

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