toxic waste

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toxic waste definition


A general term used to refer to chemical compounds produced by industry which, if they are ingested or breathed in by humans, can cause physiological damage. The disposal of toxic wastes is a major environmental problem in the United States.

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toxic waste

noun
poisonous waste materials; can cause injury (especially by chemical means) 
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