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[Allied Chemical] A brand name for a synthetic chlorinated hydrocarbon used as an insecticide, and fungicide. Kepone pellets contained 0.125% chlordecone. It was introduced in 1958 for cockroach and ant control. Production of chlordecone ceased in the U.S in 1977.

Synonyms and Related Terms

chlordecone; decachloro-octahydro-1,3,4-metheno-2H-cyclobuta-[c,d]pentalen-2-one

Other Properties

Soluble in acetic acid, alcohols, ketones. Slightly soluble in water.

Composition C10Cl10O
CAS 143-50-0
Melting Point 350
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 490.64

Hazards and Safety

A human carcinogen. Toxic by ingestion, inhalation and skin absorption.

Additional Information

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Lynda A. Zycherman, J.Richard Schrock, A Guide to Museum Pest Control, FAIC and Association of Systematics Collections, Washington DC, 1988
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 2131
  • Thomas Gregory, The Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Reinhold Publishing, New York, 3rd ed., 1942
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993

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