chlorotrifluoroethylene

chlorotrifluoroethylene

[klawr-oh-trahy-floor-oh-eth-uh-leen, -flawr-; klohr-oh-trahy-floor-, -flohr-]
noun
a colorless, flammable gas, C 2 H 2 ClF, that polymerizes to form oils, greases, and waxes.

Origin:
chloro-2 + tri- + fluor-1 + -o- + ethylene

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chlorotrifluoroethylene

flammable, colourless gas that belongs to the family of organic halogen compounds, used in the manufacture of a series of synthetic oils, greases, waxes, elastomers, and plastics that are unusually resistant to attack by chemicals and heat. These products are polymers; that is, they are composed of very large molecules built up by combination of hundreds or thousands of smaller molecules, which may be all alike or of two or more different compounds.

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