[ te-truh-klawr-oh-eth-uh-leen, -klohr- ]
/ ˌtɛ trəˌklɔr oʊˈɛθ əˌlin, -ˌkloʊr- /

noun Chemistry.

a colorless, nonflammable, nonexplosive liquid, C2Cl4, used as a solvent, especially in dry cleaning.

Origin of tetrachloroethylene

1910–15; tetra- + chloroethylene
Also called perchloroethylene.
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Science definitions for tetrachloroethylene


[ tĕt′rə-klôr′ō-ĕthə-lēn′ ]

A colorless, nonflammable organic liquid used in dry-cleaning solutions, as an industrial solvent, and as an agent for expelling or destroying parasitic intestinal worms. Also called perchloroethylene. Chemical formula: C2Cl4.
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