methylene chloride


: a toxic nonflammable liquid CH2Cl2 used especially as a solvent, paint remover, and aerosol propellant

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The proposal would ban methylene chloride's use in all consumer situations, and in most industrial and commercial uses. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 20 Apr. 2023 Like all of the mattresses made by PlushBeds, the Eco Green is free of fiberglass, PBDE flame retardants, heavy metals, chlorofluorocarbons, chloroform, methylene chloride, formaldehyde, prohibited phthalates, and other toxic chemicals. Deirdre Mundorf, Discover Magazine, 11 Dec. 2021 Then, coffee manufacturers typically use solvents like methylene chloride or ethyl acetate to wash out the caffeine molecules. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 16 June 2021 The direct solvent method uses methylene chloride, coffee oil or ethyl acetate to dissolve the caffeine in the beans and extract it from the coffee, according to Clydesdale. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2019 The US Environmental Protection Agency recognizes paints and varnishes as sources of common hazardous air pollutants, such as toluene and methylene chloride. CNN, 3 June 2021 Volatile organic compounds, such as benzene, naphthalene and methylene chloride, have a low boiling point and can be dispersed into the air easily. Max Horberry, Star Tribune, 8 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of methylene chloride was in 1880

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Cite this Entry

“Methylene chloride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

Medical Definition

methylene chloride

: a nonflammable liquid CH2Cl2 formerly used as an inhalation anesthetic but now used especially as a solvent, paint remover, and aerosol propellant

called also dichloromethane

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