Definition of toxaphene in English:

toxaphene

Line breaks: toxa|phene
Pronunciation: /ˈtɒksəfiːn
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A synthetic amber waxy solid with an odour of chlorine and camphor, used as an insecticide. It is a chlorinated terpene.
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    • It would appear that farmed salmon contains many times the tolerable levels of toxins such as PCBs, dioxins, toxaphene, dieldrin and DDT.
    • Organochlorine contaminants, including toxaphene, chlordane and metabolites, HCHs, HCB, dieldrin, and PCBs, were found in the opossum shrimp, Mysis relicta, from the great lakes.
    • Those include DDT, dieldrin, toxaphene, heptachlor, and alpha-chlordane.

Origin

1940s: from toxin + (cam)phene, a related terpene.

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