tri·​chlo·​ro·​eth·​y·​lene | \ ˌtrī-ˌklȯr-ō-ˈe-thə-ˌlēn How to pronounce trichloroethylene (audio) \

Definition of trichloroethylene

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

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Water Gremlin has been cited for releasing excessive amounts of TCE, or trichloroethylene, into the air for 17 years. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "State legislative auditor will investigate MPCA for its handling of Water Gremlin scandal," 6 Sep. 2019 Water Gremlin, which makes fishing sinkers and battery terminals, has been cited for releasing excessive trichloroethylene — or TCE — for 17 years. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "Water Gremlin, PCA at standoff over polluting chemicals," 16 Aug. 2019 Ripon was once home to a Nestle plant that used trichloroethylene, or TCE, to decaffeinate coffee until the 1970s. CBS News, "After at least 7 children diagnosed with cancer, parents eye chemical in city's water," 19 July 2019 The contamination in Franklin is a combination of trichloroethylene, or TCE, and tetrachloroethylene, or PCE. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Inspector General: EPA misled Franklin residents about cancer risks in groundwater," 14 May 2019 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,, "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

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First Known Use of trichloroethylene

circa 1919, in the meaning defined above

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variants: also trichlorethylene \ -​ˈeth-​ə-​ˌlēn How to pronounce trichlorethylene (audio) \

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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