dioxin: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (dī-ok'sin), [key]
— n. Chem.
- a general name for a family of chlorinated hydrocarbons, CHClO, typically used to refer to one isomer, TCDD, a by-product of pesticide manufacture: a toxic compound that is carcinogenic and teratogenic in certain animals. Also called&hasp; Cf. Agent Orange.
- dioxin (Thesaurus)