carbon tetrachloride n.
A poisonous, nonflammable, colorless liquid used in fire extinguishers and as a dry-cleaning fluid. Also called tetrachloromethane.
|carbon tetrachloride |
A colorless, nonflammable, poisonous liquid having a strong odor. It is used to make refrigerants, aerosol propellants, and pharmaceuticals. It is also used in petroleum refining and as a solvent. Until the mid-1960s, it was used as a cleaning fluid and in fire extinguishers. Chemical formula: CCl4.