tetrafluoroethylene

tetrafluoroethylene

[te-truh-floor-oh-eth-uh-leen, -flawr-, -flohr-]
noun Chemistry.
a colorless, water-insoluble, flammable gas, C 2 F 4 , used in the synthesis of certain polymeric resins, as Teflon.

Origin:
1930–35; tetra- + fluoro- + ethylene

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tetrafluoroethylene

a colourless, odourless, faintly toxic gas belonging to the family of organic halogen compounds; it is the starting material in the manufacture of polytetrafluoroethylene (q.v.), a valuable synthetic resin.

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