DDT

Chinese: 滴滴涕French: DDT (n.m.)Russian: ДДТ


Status: ISO 1750 (published)
PIN: 1,1′-(2,2,2-trichloroethane-1,1-diyl)bis(4-chlorobenzene)
IUPAC: 1,1,1-trichloro-2,2-bis(4-chlorophenyl)ethane
CAS: 1,1′-(2,2,2-trichloroethylidene)bis[4-chlorobenzene]
Reg. No.: 50-29-3
Formula: C14H9Cl5
Activity: acaricides (bridged diphenyl acaricides; organochlorine acaricides)
insecticides (organochlorine insecticides)
Notes: DDT is the common name for the technical product; the pure compound has the ISO common name pp′-DDT.
The acronym is derived from an old and imprecise name, DichloroDiphenylTrichloroethane.
The name “clofenotane” is approved by the World Health Organization; the Chinese version is 滴滴涕 and the Russian version is клофенотан.
The name “dicophane” is approved by the British Pharmacopoeia Commission.
Structure: Structural formula of DDT
Pronunciation: dē dē tē  Guide to British pronunciation
InChIKey: YVGGHNCTFXOJCH-UHFFFAOYSA-N
InChI: InChI=1S/C14H9Cl5/c15-11-5-1-9(2-6-11)13(14(17,18)19)10-3-7-12(16)8-4-10/h1-8,13H
Limerick: According to Adam Bernard (adamb@bgumail.bgu.ac.il)

A mosquito cried out in pain:
“A chemist has poisoned my brain!”
The cause of his sorrow
Was para-dichloro
Diphenyltrichloroethane

Another version:

A mosquito was heard to complain
“I fear they have addled my brain!
The cause of my sorrow
Is para-dichloro-
Diphenyltrichloroethane”

A data sheet from the Compendium of Pesticide Common Names