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dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane

Pronunciation: di-klor'o-di-fen'il-tri'klor-o-eth'an

Definition: An insecticide that came into prominence during and after World War II. For a time it proved effective, but insect populations rapidly developed tolerance for it, hence much of its original effectiveness has been lost; general usage is now widely discouraged because of the toxicity that results from the environmental persistence of this agent.

Synonym(s): dicophane

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