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

  • n. A toxic solid compound, C10H10Cl8, used as an insecticide.

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  • n. An acaricide and insecticide that is a mixture of chlorinated camphenes


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

tox(i)- + (c)a(m)phene.


  • As was the case with the 14 contaminants described in the earlier report-which included pesticides such as toxaphene and dieldrin-the researchers found the highest levels of PBDEs, on average, in farm-raised salmon from Europe.

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  • Years ago, when I was working at the EPA, research studies showed that the pesticide toxaphene, used primarily on cotton crops in the southern United States, was appearing in the tissues of northern arctic mammals — not birds who might have flown over or through the USA, and in animals who did not prey on such birds.

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  • To start with, the Stockholm Convention identified twelve top-priority POPs: eight pesticides (aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, mirex, and toxaphene); two industrial chemicals (the hexachlorobenzenes (HCBs) and the polychlorinated biphenyls PCBs); and two groups of industrial by-products (dioxins and furans).


  • Exposure of Arctic Ocean surface water, as a result of decreasing ice cover, could increase the movement of contaminants such as hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCHs) and toxaphene into the atmosphere, speeding movement within or out of the Arctic [81].

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  • Toxaphene toxaphene is the major organochlorine contaminant in all fish analyzed highest toxaphene levels are generally seen in fish that are strictly piscivorous toxaphene concentrations in fish tend to increase with increasing fish size

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  • A recent report on the status of wildlife habitats in the Canadian Arctic [34] listed four major classes of pollutant in the Arctic: mercury, PCBs, toxaphene, and chlorinated dioxins and furans (Table 10.6).

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  • Another detrimental insecticide, toxaphene, breaks down very slowly in water, so it is still found in the lakes today even though it was banned in 1990 Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry 1997.

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  • The majority of these substances are present in the ecosystems and diets of Arctic peoples as a result of choices (such as using the insecticide toxaphene on cotton fields) by industrial societies elsewhere.

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  • Some filters also remove asbestos and the insecticides chlordane and toxaphene.

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  • The samples contained DDT and two break-down chemicals from that pesticide, plus the chemicals endrin, lindane, heptachlor, chlordane, toxaphene, aldrin and dieldrin.

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