- a colorless, viscous, water-insoluble, toxic liquid, C10H6Cl8, used as an insecticide.
Also chlor·dan [klawr-dan, klohr-] /ˈklɔr dæn, ˈkloʊr-/.
Origin of chlordane
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- a white insoluble toxic solid existing in several isomeric forms and usually used, as an insecticide, in the form of a brown impure liquid. Formula: C 10 H 6 Cl 8
Word Origin for chlordane
C20: from chloro- + (in) d (ene) + -ane
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- A chlorinated hydrocarbon used as an insecticide that may be absorbed through the skin with resultant severe toxic effects.
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- A colorless, odorless, viscous liquid that occurs in several isomers and was formerly used as an insecticide. Because it can damage the liver and nervous system and remains as a toxin in the environment for many years, chlordane was banned in 1988. Chemical formula: C10H6Cl8.
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