from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various hydrocarbon pesticides, such as DDT, that contain chlorine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of very many chlorine substituted organic compounds, many of which are insecticides etc.
- adj. (of an organic compound) containing chlorine
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Portable samplers using chemically treated resin and deployed at several sites on seven continents from 2005 to 2008 showed that 'organochlorine' or chlorine-containing pesticides such as DDT (Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane), chlordanes and endosuplhans (that also contains sulphur) are declining in most regions, suggesting the effect of worldwide bans.
Michael Gray, a leading immunologist in Benson, Ariz., examined Joel Shipp, then 16, and found symptoms similar to those seen in "patients exposed to petrochemicals, organochlorine pesticide and organophosphate pesticides," according to Gray's report.
After otter hunting was belatedly banned in Britain in 1978, numbers began to increase – particularly following the withdrawal of organochlorine chemicals and a more general improvement in water quality, leading to more fish in rivers and lakes.
But the ban on organochlorine pesticides and habitat restoration have seen the birds return in their breeding strongholds in eastern counties.
Among the chemicals detected in 99% to 100% of the subjects were such banned substances as cancer-causing PCBs polychlorinated biphenyls and flame retardants containing polybrominated diphenyl ethers, along with organochlorine pesticides, perchlorate and phthalates, compounds found in cosmetics, detergents, vinyl floors, toys, plastic bottles and hundreds of other products.
While a few well-known organochlorine insecticides that are notoriously injurious to animals—DDT, for example—have been banned in the United States, even these persist for decades in the soil in which our fruits and vegetables are grown and in our water, meanwhile accumulating up the food chain which is why traces of DDT can be found in the steaks Becky has yet to cook for dinner.
Every single one of the female mice that the Gainsville team exposed to organochlorine pesticides rapidly developed the autoimmune disease lupus, while none of the mice in the control group did.
Similarly, other researchers showed that mice given organochlorine pesticides were much more susceptible to getting the autoimmune disease lupus than control mice.
Immunologists, meanwhile, are trying to ascertain what happens to the immune systems of lab mice when they expose them to organochlorine pesticides such as DDT and methoxychlor, the latter having been manufactured as a safer replacement for DDT and now being used widely on food crops, home gardens, and as flea and tick control on pets.
Acceleration of autoimmunity by organochlorine pesticides in NZB x NZWF1 mice.
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