A toxic solid polychlorinated camphene, having the approximate composition C10 H10 Cl8 , used as an insecticide. It was banned from use in the United States in 1990 because it is a suspected carcinogen.
A commercial insecticide, approximately C10H10Cl8, made by chlorinating camphene.
Origin of toxaphene
- tox(i)– (c)a(m)phene
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition