trichloroethane

noun
tri·​chlo·​ro·​eth·​ane | \-ˈeth-ˌān \

Medical Definition of trichloroethane 

: either of two nonflammable irritating liquid isomeric compounds C2H3Cl3:

a or 1,1,1-trichloroethane \ˈwən-​ˈwən-​ˈwən-​ \ : the isomer CH3CCl3 that is the parent compound of various insecticides (as DDT)

called also methyl chloroform

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

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