carbon tetrachloride


noun

a colorless, nonflammable, vaporous, toxic liquid, CCl4, usually produced by the reaction of chlorine with carbon disulfide, methane, or other carbon-containing compounds: used mainly as a refrigerant, fire extinguisher, cleaning fluid, solvent, and insecticide.

Nearby words

  1. carbon sequestration,
  2. carbon sink,
  3. carbon star,
  4. carbon steel,
  5. carbon tax,
  6. carbon tissue,
  7. carbon trading,
  8. carbon value,
  9. carbon well,
  10. carbon-14 dating

Origin of carbon tetrachloride

First recorded in 1900–05


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British Dictionary definitions for carbon tetrachloride

carbon tetrachloride

noun

a colourless volatile nonflammable sparingly soluble liquid made from chlorine and carbon disulphide; tetrachloromethane. It is used as a solvent, cleaning fluid, and insecticide. Formula: CCl 4
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Medicine definitions for carbon tetrachloride

carbon tetrachloride

n.

A poisonous, nonflammable, colorless liquid used in fire extinguishers and as a dry-cleaning fluid.tetrachloromethane

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Science definitions for carbon tetrachloride

carbon tetrachloride

A colorless, nonflammable, poisonous liquid having a strong odor. It is used to make refrigerants, aerosol propellants, and pharmaceuticals. It is also used in petroleum refining and as a solvent. Until the mid-1960s, it was used as a cleaning fluid and in fire extinguishers. Chemical formula: CCl4.
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