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carbon tetrachloride

noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of carbon tetrachloride

First recorded in 1900–05
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British Dictionary definitions for carbon tetrachloride

carbon tetrachloride

noun
  1. 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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carbon tetrachloride in Medicine

carbon tetrachloride

n.
  1. A poisonous, nonflammable, colorless liquid used in fire extinguishers and as a dry-cleaning fluid.tetrachloromethane
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carbon tetrachloride in Science

carbon tetrachloride

  1. 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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