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2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin (also known as TCDD or Dioxin) is a type of dioxin that is highly toxic and can cause serious health effects. It is a byproduct of various industrial processes, including the manufacture of certain herbicides and pesticides.

Overview[edit | edit source]

2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin is a colorless, odorless solid that does not occur naturally in the environment. It is a member of the dioxin family of chemicals, which are known for their toxicity and persistence in the environment. TCDD is the most toxic of all dioxins and is classified as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Health Effects[edit | edit source]

Exposure to TCDD can cause a variety of health effects, including cancer, immune system disorders, and developmental problems in children. It can also cause a skin condition known as chloracne, which is characterized by severe acne-like lesions.

Exposure[edit | edit source]

People can be exposed to TCDD through the food they eat, the air they breathe, and the water they drink. It can also enter the body through the skin. Once in the body, TCDD can remain for many years due to its ability to bind to fat cells.

Prevention and Treatment[edit | edit source]

Preventing exposure to TCDD is the best way to avoid its health effects. This can be achieved by avoiding contaminated food and water, and by using protective equipment when handling materials that may contain TCDD. Treatment for TCDD exposure typically involves removing the source of exposure and providing supportive care.

See Also[edit | edit source]

2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin Resources
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