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hexachloroethane

[hek-suh-klawr-oh-eth-eyn, -klohr-]
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noun
  1. a colorless crystalline compound, C2Cl6, with a camphorlike odor, soluble in alcohol and ether, insoluble in water: used in organic synthesis and pyrotechnics, as a retarding agent in fermentation, and as a solvent.
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Origin of hexachloroethane

First recorded in 1895–1900; hexa- + chloroethane
Also called carbon hexachloride, perchloroethane.
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British Dictionary definitions for hexachloroethane

hexachloroethane

hexachlorethane

noun
  1. a colourless crystalline insoluble compound with a camphor-like odour: used in pyrotechnics and explosives. Formula: C 2 Cl 6
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