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ethyl chloride n.
A chemical compound that is a gas at room temperature and a colorless, volatile, flammable or explosive liquid under high pressure. It is used as a local anesthetic, a potent inhalation anesthetic, a refrigerant, and a solvent.
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