Adjective "dioxin" definition and examples

(Dioxin may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A highly toxic compound produced as a by-product in some manufacturing processes, notably herbicide production and paper bleaching. It is a serious and persistent environmental pollutant.
  1. 'Some of the herbicide contained dioxin, one of the world's deadliest poisons.'
  2. 'Thousands of ducks and a million duck eggs have been destroyed after the toxic chemical dioxin was found in eggs at a supermarket, the government said yesterday.'
  3. 'The by-product of this process, dioxin, is thought to be linked to cervical cancer and also has harmful effects on the environment.'
  4. 'The Stockholm Convention, to which Australia is a signatory, bans, or seeks to eliminate 12 of the worst organic pollutants including dioxin.'
  5. 'The Jiading factory will be able to burn at 850 degrees centigrade, hot enough to destroy dioxin, a poisonous chemical compound found in some waste, said the engineer on that project.'
  6. 'FDA has since recommended that clays used as desiccants in feed processing be tested for dioxin.'
  7. 'No trees will be cut for Whole Earth and no chlorine used in paper making (thus releasing no dioxin into the environment).'
  8. 'But until two years ago, the pleasures of Zamami were spoiled by the presence of a garbage incinerator that spewed highly toxic dioxin into the atmosphere.'
  9. 'A 1995 study shows that the amount of dioxin produced during waste incineration depends more on the method of incineration than on the chlorine content of the waste.'
  10. 'The amounts of dioxin in the environment are very low.'
  11. 'Other residents will just burn the rubbish in their garden spreading dioxins and other noxious chemicals throughout the countryside.'
  12. 'Exposure to dangerous chemicals called dioxins can cause a rare form of acne called chloracne.'

More definitions

1. a general name for a family of chlorinated hydrocarbons, C 12 H 4 Cl 4 O 2 , 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.

More examples(as adjective)

"levels can be dioxin."

"emissions can be dioxin."

"capitals can be dioxin."

"testings can be dioxin."

"dissolvers can be dioxin."

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Early 20th century: from di- ‘two’ + ox- ‘oxygen’ + -in.