variants or less commonly tetrachlorethane
: either of two isomeric heavy liquid compounds C2H2Cl4
especially : the symmetrical isomer CHCl2CHCl2 that forms toxic vapors with an odor similar to that of chloroform, that is made from acetylene and chlorine, and that is used chiefly as a nonflammable solvent of medium volatility and in making trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene

Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary tetrachlor- + ethane

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“Tetrachloroethane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tetrachloroethane. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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