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[klawr-deyn, klohr-] /ˈklɔr deɪn, ˈkloʊr-/
a colorless, viscous, water-insoluble, toxic liquid, C 10 H 6 Cl 8 , used as an insecticide.
Also, chlordan
[klawr-dan, klohr-] /ˈklɔr dæn, ˈkloʊr-/ (Show IPA)
1945-50; chlor-2 + (in)dane an oily cyclic hydrocarbon, equivalent to ind- + -ane Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chlordane
  • Technical chlordane is not a single chemical, but is actually a mixture of pure chlordane mixed with many related chemicals.
  • chlordane is a broad-spectrum insecticide used to control termites and pests on field crops.
  • chlordane is not a single chemical, but is actually a mixture of pure chlordane mixed with many related chemicals.
  • chlordane does not occur naturally in the environment.
  • chlordane is a cyclodiene that was used extensively in home and agricultural applications.
  • It is not known if chlordane affects human fertility or whether it causes birth defects.
British Dictionary definitions for chlordane


a white insoluble toxic solid existing in several isomeric forms and usually used, as an insecticide, in the form of a brown impure liquid. Formula: C10H6Cl8
Word Origin
C20: from chloro- + (in)d(ene) + -ane
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chlordane in Medicine

chlordane chlor·dane (klôr'dān')
A chlorinated hydrocarbon used as an insecticide that may be absorbed through the skin with resultant severe toxic effects.

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chlordane in Science
chlordane (klôr'dān') also chlordan
A colorless, odorless, viscous liquid that occurs in several isomers and was formerly used as an insecticide. Because it can damage the liver and nervous system and remains as a toxin in the environment for many years, chlordane was banned in 1988. Chemical formula: C10H6Cl8.
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Encyclopedia Article for chlordane

a chlorinated cyclodiene that is the principal isomer formed in the preparation of a contact insecticide of the same name. Chlordane is a thick, odourless, amber liquid with a molecular formula of C10H6Cl8. The compound's accepted name is octachlorohexahydromethanoindene.

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