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tetrachloroethylene Line breaks: tetra|chloro|ethyl¦ene
Pronunciation: /ˌtɛtrəˌklɔːrəʊˈɛθɪliːn/

Definition of tetrachloroethylene in English:


Another term for perchloroethylene.
Example sentences
  • Dry-cleaning reagents contain petroleum or tetrachloroethylene, highly volatile chemicals with distinctive odours.
  • The primary solvent used in dry cleaning is perchloroethylene, also known as tetrachloroethylene and commonly known as perc.
  • Thus, there are several no-cost or low-cost options that dry-cleaning personnel can readily implement to reduce concentrations of tetrachloroethylene within the workplace and concomitantly in adjoining residences and facilities.

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