trichloroethane

noun

tri·​chlo·​ro·​eth·​ane -ˈeth-ˌān How to pronounce trichloroethane (audio)
: either of two nonflammable irritating liquid isomeric compounds C2H3Cl3:
a
or 1,1,1-trichloroethane : the isomer CH3CCl3 that is the parent compound of various insecticides (as DDT)

called also methyl chloroform

b
or 1,1,2-trichloroethane : the isomer CH2ClCHCl2 that is used chiefly as a solvent

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“Trichloroethane.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/trichloroethane. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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