tetraethyl lead

noun
tet·​ra·​eth·​yl lead | \ ˌte-trə-ˌe-thəl-ˈled How to pronounce tetraethyl lead (audio) \

Definition of tetraethyl lead

: a heavy oily poisonous liquid Pb(C2H5)4 used especially formerly as an antiknock agent

Examples of tetraethyl lead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Similarly, several decades later, the introduction of tetraethyl lead into gasoline raised environmental concerns, but was tolerated as a necessary lubricant for the adoption of the internal combustion engine. New York Times, "A History of the Energy We Have Consumed," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of tetraethyl lead

1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Tetraethyl lead.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tetraethyl%20lead. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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tetraethyl lead

noun
tet·​ra·​eth·​yl lead | \ ˌte-trə-ˌeth-əl-ˈled How to pronounce tetraethyl lead (audio) \

Medical Definition of tetraethyl lead

: a heavy oily poisonous liquid Pb(C2H5)4 used as an antiknock agent in gasoline

called also lead tetraethyl

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