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trichloroethylene

[trahy-klawr-oh-eth-uh-leen, -klohr-] /traɪˌklɔr oʊˈɛθ əˌlin, -ˌkloʊr-/
noun, Chemistry
1.
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
1915-1920
1915-20; tri- + chloro-2 + ethylene
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British Dictionary definitions for trichloroethylene

trichloroethylene

/traɪˌklɔːrəʊˈɛθɪˌliːn/
noun
1.
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
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trichloroethylene in Medicine

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 in Science
trichloroethylene
  (trī-klôr'ō-ěth'ə-lēn')   
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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Encyclopedia Article for 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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