methylene chloride

noun Chemistry.
a colorless, volatile liquid, CH 2 Cl 2 , used chiefly as a solvent, as a refrigerant, and as a local anesthetic in dentistry.
Also called methylene dichloride, dichloromethane.


Origin:
1875–80

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methylene chloride
 
n
another name for dichloromethane

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methylene chloride

a colourless, volatile, practically nonflammable liquid belonging to the family of organic halogen compounds. It is extensively used as a solvent, especially in paint-stripping formulations.

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