tetrafluoroethylene

[te-truh-floo r-oh-eth-uh-leen, -flawr-, -flohr-]

noun Chemistry.

a colorless, water-insoluble, flammable gas, C2F4, used in the synthesis of certain polymeric resins, as Teflon.

Nearby words

  1. tetraethyl lead,
  2. tetraethyl pyrophosphate,
  3. tetraethyllead,
  4. tetrafluoride,
  5. tetrafluoroethene,
  6. tetrafunctional,
  7. tetragon,
  8. tetragonal,
  9. tetragonal trisoctahedron,
  10. tetragonally

Origin of tetrafluoroethylene

First recorded in 1930–35; tetra- + fluoro- + ethylene

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