tetra-chloroethylene

tetrachloroethylene

[te-truh-klawr-oh-eth-uh-leen, -klohr-]
noun Chemistry.
a colorless, nonflammable, nonexplosive liquid, C 2 Cl 4 , used as a solvent, especially in dry cleaning.
Also called perchloroethylene.


Origin:
1910–15; tetra- + chloroethylene

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tetrachloroethylene   (tět'rə-klôr'ō-ěth'ə-lēn')  Pronunciation Key 
A colorless, nonflammable organic liquid used in dry-cleaning solutions, as an industrial solvent, and as an agent for expelling or destroying parasitic intestinal worms. Also called perchloroethylene. Chemical formula: C2Cl4.
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