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perchloroethylene Line breaks: per|chloro|ethyl|ene
Pronunciation: /pəˌklɔːrəʊˈɛθɪliːn/

Definition of perchloroethylene in English:


[mass noun]
A toxic colourless volatile solvent used commonly as a dry-cleaning fluid. Also called tetrachloroethylene.
  • Chemical formula: Cl2CCCl2
Example sentences
  • The toxic solvent, perchloroethylene, is used to dry clean clothes.
  • The primary solvent used in dry cleaning is perchloroethylene, also known as tetrachloroethylene and commonly known as perc.
  • One of those toxic chemicals was the dry cleaning solvent, perchlorethylene.
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