Definitions for taggantˈtæg ənt

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tag•gantˈtæg ənt(n.)

  1. a substance added to an explosive that may be traced if the explosive is used for unlawful purposes.

    Category: Law, Chemistry

Origin of taggant:

1990–95

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  1. Taggant

    A taggant can mean a radio frequency microchip used in automated identification and data capture. In such cases, electronic devices use radio waves to track and identify items, such as pharmaceutical products, by assigning individual serial numbers to the containers holding each product. This technology may prevent the diversion or counterfeiting of drugs by allowing wholesalers and pharmacists to determine the identity and dosage of individual products. A taggant is also a chemical or physical marker added to materials to allow various forms of testing. It is believed that they generally consist of microscopic particles built up in many layers, which are made of different materials. It is a somewhat secretive process, but products that may be affected include ink, paper, perfume, and medication. Taggants allow testing marked items for qualities such as lot number and concentration. In particular, taggants are known to be widely used in plastic, sheet and flexible explosives.

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