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carbon tetrachloride

noun
1.
a colorless, nonflammable, vaporous, toxic liquid, CCl 4 , usually produced by the reaction of chlorine with carbon disulfide, methane, or other carbon-containing compounds: used mainly as a refrigerant, fire extinguisher, cleaning fluid, solvent, and insecticide.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05
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carbon tetrachloride

noun
1.
a colourless volatile nonflammable sparingly soluble liquid made from chlorine and carbon disulphide; tetrachloromethane. It is used as a solvent, cleaning fluid, and insecticide. Formula: CCl4
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carbon-tetrachloride in Medicine

carbon tetrachloride n.
A poisonous, nonflammable, colorless liquid used in fire extinguishers and as a dry-cleaning fluid. Also called tetrachloromethane.

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carbon-tetrachloride in Science
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.
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Encyclopedia Article for carbon-tetrachloride

carbon tetrachloride

a colourless, dense, highly toxic, volatile, nonflammable liquid possessing a characteristic odour and belonging to the family of organic halogen compounds, used principally in the manufacture of dichlorodifluoromethane (a refrigerant and propellant).

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