Dioxins and dioxin-like compounds
Dioxins and dioxin-like compounds (DLC) are by-products of various industrial processes, and are commonly regarded as highly toxic compounds that are environmental pollutants and persistent organic pollutants (POPs). They include: Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs), or simply (but inaccurately), dioxins. Technically PCDDs are derivatives of dibenzo-p-dioxin. There are 75 PCDDs, and seven of them are specifically toxic. Polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs), or simply furans.