trichloroethylene

trichloroethylene

[trahy-klawr-oh-eth-uh-leen, -klohr-]
noun Chemistry.
a colorless, poisonous liquid, C 2 HCl 3 , used chiefly as a degreasing agent for metals and as a solvent, especially in dry cleaning, for fats, oils, and waxes. Abbreviation: TCE

Origin:
1915–20; tri- + chloro-2 + ethylene

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trichloroethylene or trichlorethylene (traɪˌklɔːrəʊˈɛθɪˌliːn)
 
n
a volatile nonflammable mobile colourless liquid with an odour resembling that of chloroform. It is a good solvent for certain organic materials and is also an inhalation anaesthetic. Formula CHCl:CCl2
 
trichlorethylene or trichlorethylene
 
n

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trichloroethylene tri·chlo·ro·eth·yl·ene (trī-klôr'ō-ěth'ə-lēn')
n.
An analgesic and inhalation anesthetic used in minor surgical operations and in obstetrics.

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trichloroethylene   (trī-klôr'ō-ěth'ə-lēn')  Pronunciation Key 
A heavy, colorless, toxic liquid. It is used to degrease metals, to extract oil from nuts and fruit, as a refrigerant, in dry cleaning, and as a fumigant. Chemical formula: C2HCl3.
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trichloroethylene

a colourless, somewhat toxic, volatile liquid belonging to the family of organic halogen compounds, nonflammable under ordinary conditions and used as a solvent in dry cleaning, in degreasing of metal objects, and in extraction processes, such as removal of caffeine from coffee or of fats and waxes from cotton and wool.

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