perchloroethylene

noun
per·chlo·ro·eth·y·lene | \(ˌ)pər-ˌklȯr-ō-ˈe-thə-ˌlēn \

Definition of perchloroethylene 

: a colorless nonflammable toxic liquid C2Cl4 used often as a solvent in dry cleaning and for removal of grease from metals

First Known Use of perchloroethylene

1873, in the meaning defined above

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perchloroethylene

noun
per·chlo·ro·eth·y·lene | \ˌpər-ˌklōr-ō-ˈeth-ə-ˌlēn \
variants: also perchlorethylene \-ˌklōr-ˈeth- \

Medical Definition of perchloroethylene 

: a toxic nonflammable carcinogenic liquid C2Cl4 often used as a solvent in dry cleaning and for removal of grease from metals

called also perc, tetrachloroethylene

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