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Common name for an insecticide; melting point 108.5°C, insoluble in water, very soluble in ethanol and acetone, colorless, and odorless; especially useful against agricultural pests, flies, lice, and mosquitoes. It is very persistent in the environment and undergoes biomagnification in food chains. Toxic effects on top predators such as birds and the contamination of human food supplies led to an EPA ban on registration and interstate sale of DDT in the United States in 1972. Also known as dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane.
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