noun tet·ra·chlo·ro·ethane \"+\
variants: less commonly


Definition of tetrachloroethane

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of tetrachloroethane

International Scientific Vocabulary tetrachlor- + ethane

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