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toxaphene

[tok-suh-feen] /ˈtɒk səˌfin/
noun, Chemistry
1.
an amber, waxy, water-insoluble solid, whose principal constituent is chlorinated camphene, used as an insecticide and as a rodenticide.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; tox- + (c)a(m)phene
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toxaphene

/ˈtɒksəˌfiːn/
noun
1.
an amber waxy solid with a pleasant pine odour, consisting of chlorinated terpenes, esp chlorinated camphene: used as an insecticide
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Encyclopedia Article for toxaphene

a dense, yellowish, semisolid mixture of organic compounds made by chlorination of camphene (a hydrocarbon obtained from turpentine) and used as an insecticide. Toxaphene, which contains 67-69 percent chlorine, is insoluble in water but highly soluble in several organic solvents; under the influence of light, heat, or strong alkalies, it decomposes, forming hydrogen chloride and losing its toxicity to insects.

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