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

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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Adult mosquitoes collected from 26 huts in Thabina, Transvaal, from October 1945 to March 1946 [24] Adult mosquitoes caught, n DDT sprayed Control Week section section 1 0 218 2 2 376 3 0 415 4 5 502 5 4 707 6 5 500 7 16 830 8 26 1 116 9 4 413 10 5 468 11 3 471 12 27 720 13 17 640 14 13 189 15 1 347 16 34 1 015 17 101 852 18 214 1 064 Total, N 477 10 843 DDT = dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane. Table 3.
EPA reports chemicals of concern identified in the soil include arsenic, lead, dichlorodiphenyldichloroethane (DDD), dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE), dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), aldrin, dieldrin, endrin, and endrin ketone.
They admittedly faced a far less endemic problem than Africa does and were blessed with modern homes and medicines, but they did what was needed to wipe it out--especially by using dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT).
The classic case is DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane).
15 July 2010 - The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) has discovered traces of the banned pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, also known as DDT, in a shipment of 'complementary' feed for cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, poultry and game from India.
Biological assays were performed applying the standardized methodology of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with diagnostic doses of deltamethrin (6.25 [micro]g/ml), lambda-cyhalothrin (6.25 [micro]g/ml), malathion (100 [micro]g/ml), fenitothrion (75 [micro]g/ml), propoxur (12.5 [micro]g/ml) and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane DDT (150 [micro]g/ml) on A.
By what initials do we more commonly know Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane? 1.
Bedbugs were virtually eradicated when DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) was developed in 1939 and subsequently put to use for pest control issues.
In the late 1930s, Paul Muller (1899-1965) discovered that dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) was highly effective for killing lice and other insects.
Because of pyrethroid resistance, the most popular insecticides used in IRS are carbamate based and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT).
These discoveries, coupled with the invention of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) during the Second World War led to the campaign to eradicate malaria world wide.
The most well-known and notorious organochlorine pesticide is dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane or DDT.