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endrin

[en-drin] /ˈɛn drɪn/
noun, Chemistry
1.
a highly toxic, chlorinated hydrocarbon, C 12 H 8 OCl 6 , formerly used as an insecticide.
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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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