dioxin


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di·ox·in

 (dī-ŏk′sĭn)
n.
Any of several carcinogenic, mutagenic, and teratogenic polychlorinated heterocyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that can occur as impurities in petroleum-derived herbicides and as byproducts of manufacturing chemicals and burning fuels and waste.

[di- + ox(o)- + -in.]

dioxin

(daɪˈɒksɪn)
n
(Chemical Engineering) any of a number of mostly poisonous chemical by-products of the manufacture of certain herbicides and bactericides, esp the extremely toxic 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-para-dioxin

di•ox•in

(daɪˈɒk sɪn)

n.
a general name for a family of chlorinated hydrocarbons, C12H4Cl4O2, esp. the isomer TCDD, a toxic by-product of pesticide manufacture. Compare Agent Orange.
[1965–70]

dioxin

Any of dozens of highly toxic contaminants of products including or involving chlorinated phenols.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dioxin - any of several toxic or carcinogenic hydrocarbons that occur as impurities in herbicides
Agent Orange - a herbicide used in the Vietnam War to defoliate forest areas
hydrocarbon - an organic compound containing only carbon and hydrogen
Translations

dioxin

[daɪˈɒksɪn] Ndioxina f

dioxin

[daɪˈɒksɪn] ndioxine f

dioxin

nDioxin nt

dioxin

n dioxina
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In June 1999, the dioxin crisis, caused by dioxin-contaminated feed components, exploded in Belgium, resulting in withdrawal of chicken and eggs from the market.
Following hard on the heels of a similar decision regarding animal feed, the EU last week adopted a regulation setting legal limits on the presence of dioxin and other contaminants in food.
The treaty still calls for a dioxin phaseout, for example, but only "wherever feasible"--a loophole corporate lawyers can exploit for years to come.
By genetically engineering mammalian cells to produce luciferase, the enzyme responsible for firefly light, Xenobiotic Detection Systems (XDS) has developed a test to detect the presence of dioxin in the environment.
Eating ''koyadofu,'' a freeze-dried bean curd popularly known as the local dish of Wakayama Prefecture, western Japan, can prevent 80% of ingested dioxin from accumulating in the liver and aids in the removal of dioxin from the body, Japanese researchers said Thursday.
Water, however, is not a major source of dioxin exposure for humans.
has announced that its patented CerOx technology has treated hazardous dioxin wastes in a commercial system transforming the dioxins into carbon dioxide, water and neutralized chlorine.
Because of their rapid growth and development, fetuses, infants, and children may be more sensitive to dioxin exposure than other groups.
Ninety percent of the dioxin that enters our bodies comes from meat, cheese, milk, butter, and other foods that contain animal fat.
The highest concentration of dioxins was detected in the fat of dolphins, recording a maximum of 691 picograms per gram when the amount was converted into the most toxic dioxin and 232 picograms on average, according to the report.
For anyone interested in the possible health effects of Agent Orange and dioxin, it makes sense to examine the men with the highest exposures.
This mysterious report, entitled "Exposure and Human Health Reassessment of 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenso-p-Dioxin (TCDD) and Related Compounds," is a draft version of what could be the final result of EPA's "scientific reassessment" of dioxin that has been underway since 1991 and it cannot be finalized until an extensive peer review process has been completed.