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methylene chloride

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noun Chemistry.

a colorless, volatile liquid, CH2Cl2, used chiefly as a solvent, as a refrigerant, and as a local anesthetic in dentistry.

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Also called methylene dichloride, dichloromethane.

Origin of methylene chloride

First recorded in 1875–80
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methylene chloride

noun

another name for dichloromethane
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