Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several carcinogenic or teratogenic heterocyclic hydrocarbons that occur as impurities in petroleum-derived herbicides.

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  • n. any of a broad range of toxic or carcinogenic halogenated polycyclic compounds that occur as byproducts of herbicides
  • n. the parent compound, dibenzo-p-dioxin, in which two benzene rings are connected vio two oxygen atoms; oxanthrene
  • n. the unsaturated six-membered heterocycle having four carbon atoms, two oxygen atoms and two double bonds

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of several toxic or carcinogenic hydrocarbons that occur as impurities in herbicides

Etymologies

di-1 + ox(o)- + -in.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • The name dioxin refers to a group of highly toxic chemicals that have been linked to heart disease, liver disease, human reproductive disorders, and developmental problems.

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  • Agent Orange contained a known carcinogen called dioxin, which is also found in herbicides and pesticides used by U.S.

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  • In March 1996, CEI’s Michelle Malkin and Michael Fumento published “Rachel’s Folly,” which claims that dioxin is good for you.

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  • One of the most potent by-products of exhaust fumes is dioxin, which is carried into the air by the fuel combustion of diesel trucks and buses.

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  • Fears about dioxin, which is actually a generic name for a series of chemicals of widely different potency, were triggered by another cloud, one that formed over Seveso in Italy in 1976 after the safety system in a chemical plant failed.

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  • In the United States, trash incinerators are both a leading source of greenhouse gases and a leading source of dioxin, which is inevitably formed in the incinerators 'stacks as molecules of chlorine and carbon in the fly ash join together in a deadly union.

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  • In addition, bleaching paper with chlorine can produce dioxin, which is known to cause cancer.

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  • Although the data is not strong enough to call dioxin a "known" human carcinogen (like nicotine), the EPA says it is "likely to present a cancer hazard in humans."

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  • During the process of manufacturing a number of paper products—including personal care items such as tampons and sanitary napkins—a chemical by-product called dioxin is formed.

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