tetrachloroethane

noun
tet·ra·chlo·ro·ethane | \"+\
variants: or less commonly tetrachlorethane \¦⸗⸗ˌklōr+ \

Definition of tetrachloroethane 

: 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

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History and Etymology for tetrachloroethane

International Scientific Vocabulary tetrachlor- + ethane

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