Definition of trichloroethylene in English:


Line breaks: tri|chloro|ethyl|ene
Pronunciation: /ˌtrʌɪklɔːrəʊˈɛθɪliːn
, -klɒr-/


[mass noun] Chemistry
  • A colourless volatile liquid used as a solvent and formerly as an anaesthetic.
    • Chemical formula: CCl2CHCl
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    • But many other chemicals linked to reproductive health problems, including xylene, trichloroethylene, phenols, and acetone, remain in use.
    • Even dry-cleaning fluid, which is generally trichloroethylene, can be made from acetylene.
    • The same applies to the solvents, save that chloroform and trichloroethylene were handled only in small quantities for laboratory use.

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