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methyl chloride

noun, Chemistry
a colorless, poisonous gas, CH 3 Cl, used chiefly as a refrigerant, as a local anesthetic, and as a methylating agent in organic synthesis.
Also called chloromethane.
Origin of methyl chloride
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for methyl chloride
  • Low levels of methyl chloride occur naturally in the environment.
  • The first accident involved an ongoing release of methyl chloride from process equipment that went unnoticed for five days.
  • Fragmentation of methyl chloride studied by partial positive and negative ion-yield spectroscopy.
  • Physiological response attending exposure to vapors of methyl bromide, methyl chloride, ethyl bromide and ethyl chloride.
British Dictionary definitions for methyl chloride

methyl chloride

a colourless gas with an ether-like odour, used as a refrigerant and anaesthetic. Formula: CH3Cl Systematic name chloromethane
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