DDT, DDE, DDD
CAS ID #: 50-29-3, 72-55-9, 72-54-8, 72-55-9,72-54-8
Affected Organ Systems: Developmental (effects during periods when organs are developing) , Endocrine (Glands and Hormones), Hepatic (Liver), Neurological (Nervous System), Reproductive (Producing Children)
Cancer Effects: Reasonably Anticipated to be Human Carcinogens
Chemical Classification: Pesticides (chemicals used for killing pests, such as rodents, insects, or plants)
Summary: DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) is a pesticide once widely used to control insects in agriculture and insects that carry diseases such as malaria. DDT is a white, crystalline solid with no odor or taste. Its use in the U.S. was banned in 1972 because of damage to wildlife, but is still used in some countries. DDE (dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene) and DDD (dichlorodiphenyldichloroethane) are chemicals similar to DDT that contaminate commercial DDT preparations. DDE has no commercial use. DDD was also used to kill pests, but its use has also been banned. One form of DDD has been used medically to treat cancer of the adrenal gland.
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