toxic waste

[ tok-sik weyst ]
/ ˈtɒk sɪk ˈweɪst /
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any hazardous waste that, when consumed or otherwise absorbed into the body, is harmful or fatal to people or other living organisms: Toxic waste containing lead and mercury had leached into their drinking water, and the number of poisoned residents was staggering.
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Origin of toxic waste

First recorded in 1920–25
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Cultural definitions for toxic waste

toxic waste

A general term used to refer to chemical compounds produced by industry which, if they are ingested or breathed in by humans, can cause physiological damage. The disposal of toxic wastes is a major environmental problem in the United States.

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