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organochlorine


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A synthetic organic compound that contains chlorine, is highly toxic, and has a variety of forms and uses including aerosol propellants, plasticisers, transformer coolants, and food packaging. Its greatest use was in pesticides, in the form of DDT, aldrine, and lindane. Organochlorines accumulate in the fatty tissue of animals, and can reach toxic levels in predators through biomagnification in the food chain. Most countries have banned or severely restricted their use as pesticides. Also known as chlorinated hydrocarbon.

Subjects: Environmental Science.


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