trichloroethylene

[ trahy-klawr-oh-eth-uh-leen, -klohr- ]

nounChemistry.
  1. a colorless, poisonous liquid, C2HCl3, used chiefly as a degreasing agent for metals and as a solvent, especially in dry cleaning, for fats, oils, and waxes. Abbreviation: TCE

Origin of trichloroethylene

1
First recorded in 1915–20; tri- + chloro-2 + ethylene

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British Dictionary definitions for trichloroethylene

trichloroethylene

trichlorethylene

/ (traɪˌklɔːrəʊˈɛθɪˌliːn) /


noun
  1. a volatile nonflammable mobile colourless liquid with an odour resembling that of chloroform. It is a good solvent for certain organic materials and is also an inhalation anaesthetic. Formula CHCl:CCl 2

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Scientific definitions for trichloroethylene

trichloroethylene

[ trī-klôr′ō-ĕthə-lēn′ ]


  1. A heavy, colorless, toxic liquid. It is used to degrease metals, to extract oil from nuts and fruit, as a refrigerant, in dry cleaning, and as a fumigant. Chemical formula: C2HCl3.

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