trichloroethylene

noun
tri·chlo·ro·eth·y·lene | \ˌtrī-ˌklȯr-ō-ˈe-thə-ˌlēn \

Definition of trichloroethylene 

: a nonflammable toxic liquid C2HCl3 used especially as an industrial solvent

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Another is trichloroethylene, which is used to make a refrigerant chemical and remove grease from metal parts and is associated with cancers of the liver, kidneys and blood. Eric Lipton, New York Times, "The Chemical Industry Scores a Big Win at the E.P.A.," 7 June 2018 Groundwater in the area is polluted with trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene and 1,1 dichloroethylene at levels above Safe Drinking Water Act standards, according to an EPA fact sheet published in January. Louis Sahagun, latimes.com, "EPA's move to fast-track Orange County groundwater cleanup questioned," 9 May 2018 This included reevaluating plans to ban certain uses of two chemicals that have caused dozens of deaths or severe health problems: methylene chloride and trichloroethylene, both of which have been used by Momentive employees. Ian Frisch, Longreads, "The Strike: Chemicals, Cancer, and the Fight for Health Care," 16 Apr. 2018 The trichloroethylene that Eagle Industries employees dumped at 10901 SE 29 St. has largely moved on, migrating through groundwater to the southwest, where it is expected to threaten homes and businesses for years to come. Justin Wingerter, The Seattle Times, "Development continues at Oklahoma Superfund site," 24 Dec. 2017 One of the first chemicals the EPA plans to evaluate as part of the new chemical safety regulations is trichloroethylene, the chemical found to have contaminated water in North Carolina. Heidi Vogt, WSJ, "Trump’s Pick to Oversee Chemical Safety at EPA Withdraws," 14 Dec. 2017 Past sampling of materials at the site revealed high concentrations of hazardous chemicals linked to cancer, such as benzene, ethylbenzene and trichloroethylene. Washington Post, "AP Exclusive: Evidence of spills at toxic site during floods," 19 Sep. 2017 Investigators sampled the contents of the drums and plastic containers at the 5-acre site, revealing hazardous materials and carcinogens including flammable chemicals, benzene, toluene, trichloroethylene, lead and polychlorinated biphenyls. jsonline.com, "Environmental problems plague the barrel reconditioning business," 15 Feb. 2017 Past sampling of materials at the site revealed high concentrations of hazardous chemicals linked to cancer, such as benzene, ethylbenzene and trichloroethylene. Washington Post, "AP Exclusive: Evidence of spills at toxic site during floods," 19 Sep. 2017

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circa 1919, in the meaning defined above

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trichloroethylene

noun
tri·chlo·ro·eth·y·lene
variants: also trichlorethylene \-ˈeth-ə-ˌlēn \

Medical Definition of trichloroethylene 

: a nonflammable liquid C2HCl3 used as a solvent and in medicine as an anesthetic and analgesic abbreviation TCE

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