carbon tetrachloride

noun

Definition of carbon tetrachloride

: a colorless nonflammable toxic liquid CCl4 that has an odor resembling that of chloroform and is used as a solvent and a refrigerant

Examples of carbon tetrachloride in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In January, the government announced tighter controls on carbon tetrachloride, a chemical that can be used to make CFC-11, and ordered unlicensed companies not to sell it off as a byproduct from making other chemicals. Chris Buckley, New York Times, 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of carbon tetrachloride

1868, in the meaning defined above

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“Carbon tetrachloride.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carbon%20tetrachloride. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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carbon tetrachloride

noun

Medical Definition of carbon tetrachloride

: a colorless nonflammable toxic carcinogenic liquid CCl4 that has an odor resembling that of chloroform and is used as a solvent and a refrigerant

called also tetrachloromethane

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