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DIOXIN

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French Equivalent: Dioxine

Definition:
Dioxin is a synthetic organic chemical of the chlorinated hydrocarbon class.

It is one of the most toxic compounds known to humans whose harmful effects, even in extremely minute concentrations, include induction of cancer and birth defects. It has become a widespread pollutant because of the use of certain dioxin— containing herbicides.

Source Publication:
Glossary of Environment Statistics, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 67, United Nations, New York, 1997.

Statistical Theme: Environmental statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Monday, March 03, 2003