polychlorinated biphenyl

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polychlorinated biphenyl

(Elements & Compounds) any of a group of compounds in which chlorine atoms replace the hydrogen atoms in biphenyl: used in industry in electrical insulators and in the manufacture of plastics; a toxic pollutant that can become concentrated in animal tissue. Abbreviation: PCB

polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)

n bifenilo policlorado (BPC), policlorobifenilo
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The cause is unknown but some studies have shown a link between environmental pollutants, such as poly chlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).
Fomsgaard, Geographical distribution of chlorinated biphenyls (CBs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in surface sediments from the Humber Plume, North Sea.
They comprise mixtures of distinct chlorinated biphenyls referred to as congeners.