dicophane


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di·chlor·o·di·phen·yl·tri·chlo·ro·eth·ane (DDT),

(dī-klōr'ō-di-fen'il-trī'klōr-ō-eth'ān),
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

dicophane

(di'ko-fan)
A powerful insecticide now rarely used because of its toxicity. Synonym: chlorophenothane; DDT