Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB)

Definition - What does Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) mean?

Polychlorinated Biphenyl is a highly toxic synthetic organic compound made up of two benzene rings. The compound is non-flammable, chemically stable and shows various electrical insulating properties thus it is used in a multitude of chemical industries for commercial and industrial purposes. Polychlorinated Biphenyl is persistent in nature for both living tissue and the environment. It is commonly used in capacitors, thermal insulation and fluorescent light ballasts.

Petropedia explains Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB)

Polychlorinated Biphenyl belongs to a group of man-made organic compounds called chlorinated hydrocarbons. It is used in the manufacture of heat exchangers, electrical equipment and hydraulic systems. In electrical apparatus, it can be used as a coolant and dielectric fluid. Polychlorinated Biphenyl is produced as a heterogeneous mixture of congeners. It is odorless, tasteless and is counted in viscous solutions. The density of the compound varies from 1.181 kg/L to 1.566 kg/L. Due to its toxic nature it can penetrate the skin, latex and PVC. It causes adverse health effects such as cancer in animals and can have bad effects on the immune system, nervous system, reproductive system and the human body in general.

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