methylene chloride


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

Examples of methylene chloride in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The chemical, methylene chloride, has been linked to cancer in humans and animals. Sarah Garone, Health, 25 June 2024 Beyond this, methylene chloride is most widely used as an industrial solvent and paint stripper. Sarah Garone, Health, 25 June 2024 At the time, paint strippers with methylene chloride could be bought at home improvement stores nationwide. Jamie Smith Hopkins, USA TODAY, 15 May 2024 The buzz to ban Despite the FDA's claim that the levels of methylene chloride in decaf coffee do not pose a health risk, many advocacy groups, including the Environmental Defense Fund, disagree. Devika Rao, theweek, 21 May 2024 In larger doses, methylene chloride is a liquid used for paint stripping that can cause a slew of health issues. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 12 May 2024 The coffee industry and its advocates say a similar situation is playing out with methylene chloride. Nicholas Florko, STAT, 28 Mar. 2024 Environmental Protection Agency The EPA also claims eBay unlawfully sold at least 23,000 pesticide products, including a high toxicity insecticide banned in the U.S., and over 5,600 products containing methylene chloride, also a toxic chemical. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 16 Oct. 2023 Manufacturing, processing and distribution of methylene chloride would be wound down within the next 15 months. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 20 Apr. 2023

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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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“Methylene chloride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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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