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trichloroethylene

[trahy-klawr-oh-eth-uh-leen, -klohr-]
noun Chemistry.
  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
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Origin of trichloroethylene

First recorded in 1915–20; tri- + chloro-2 + ethylene
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British Dictionary definitions for trichloroethylene

trichloroethylene

trichlorethylene

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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trichloroethylene in Medicine

trichloroethylene

(trī-klôr′ō-ĕthə-lēn′)
n.
  1. An analgesic and inhalation anesthetic used in minor surgical operations and in obstetrics.
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trichloroethylene in Science

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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