persistent organic pollutant

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persistent organic pollutant (plural persistent organic pollutants)

  1. Organic compounds, predominantly synthetic, that are resistant to environmental degradation through chemical, biological, and photolytic processes, and that are often associated with health risks.
    Synonym: POP
    Coordinate terms: PBT, TOMP
    • 2009, Edward Group, Complete Colon Cleanse: The At-Home Detox Program to Restore Good Health, Boost Vitality, and Ensure Longevity, Ulysses Press, →ISBN, page 91:
      One commonly used POP (persistent organic pollutant), organochlorine, may be responsible for contaminating the world's seafood supply, since pesticides can run off the land into streams, lakes, and reservoirs.

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