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[te-truh-klawr-oh-eth-uh-leen, -klohr-] /ˌtɛ trəˌklɔr oʊˈɛθ əˌlin, -ˌkloʊr-/
noun, Chemistry
a colorless, nonflammable, nonexplosive liquid, C 2 Cl 4 , used as a solvent, especially in dry cleaning.
Also called perchloroethylene.
Origin of tetrachloroethylene
1910-15; tetra- + chloroethylene Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • tetrachloroethylene is used mainly as a solvent for dry cleaning and metal degreasing.
  • Ground water samples collected found tetrachloroethylene and trichloroethylene, solvents used in industrial processes.
tetrachloroethylene in Science
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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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