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aldrin

[awl-drin] /ˈɔl drɪn/
noun, Chemistry
1.
a brown, water-insoluble, toxic solid consisting of more than 95 percent of the chlorinated hydrocarbon C 12 H 8 Cl 6 : used as an insecticide.
Origin
1949
1949; named after Kurt Alder; see -in2

Aldrin

[awl-drin] /ˈɔl drɪn/
noun
1.
Edwin Eugene, Jr ("Buzz") born 1930, U.S. astronaut.
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  • They are discussed together in this fact sheet because aldrin quickly breaks down to dieldrin in the body and in the environment.
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British Dictionary definitions for aldrin

aldrin

/ˈɔːldrɪn/
noun
1.
a brown to white poisonous crystalline solid, more than 95 per cent of which consists of the compound C12H8Cl6, which is used as an insecticide. Melting pt: 105°C
Word Origin
C20: named after K. Alder (1902–58) German chemist

Aldrin

/ˈɔːldrɪn/
noun
1.
Edwin Eugene Jr., known as Buzz. born 1930, US astronaut; the second man to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, during the Apollo 11 flight
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aldrin
  (ôl'drĭn)   
A highly poisonous white powder used as a crop pesticide and to kill termites. Because of its toxicity to animals and humans, its production has been discontinued. Aldrin is a chlorinated derivative of naphthalene closely related to dieldrin. Chemical formula: C12H8Cl6.
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Encyclopedia Article for aldrin

one of the several isomers (compounds with the same composition but different structures) of hexachlorohexahydrodimethanonaphthalene, a chlorinated hydrocarbon formerly used as an insecticide. Aldrin was first prepared in the late 1940s and is manufactured by the reaction of hexachlorocyclopentadiene with bicycloheptadiene (both derived from hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum). Aldrin stimulates the central nervous system and is toxic to warm-blooded animals; poisoning can result from ingestion, inhalation, or absorption through the skin

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