chloroethane

[klawr-oh-eth-eyn, klohr-]

Origin:
chloro-2 + ethane

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chloroethane

colourless, flammable gas belonging to the family of organohalogen compounds. At one time, ethyl chloride was a high-volume industrial chemical used in the preparation of the gasoline additive tetraethyl lead. Beginning with restrictions on leaded gasoline in the 1970s and continuing until the eventual ban on its use in 1997, ethyl chloride production decreased. Today, ethyl chloride has limited applications; it is used mainly in the production of other organic chemicals

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There is no federal or state drinking water standard for chloroethane.
Low levels of chloroform, butanone, chloroethane and acetone were measured in a few samples.
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