trichloroethane

noun
tri·​chlo·​ro·​eth·​ane | \ -ˈeth-ˌān How to pronounce trichloroethane (audio) \

Medical Definition of trichloroethane

: either of two nonflammable irritating liquid isomeric compounds C2H3Cl3:
a or 1,1,1-trichloroethane \ ˈwən-​ˈwən-​ˈwən-​ How to pronounce trichloroethane (audio) \ : the isomer CH3CCl3 that is the parent compound of various insecticides (as DDT)

called also methyl chloroform

b or 1,1,2-trichloroethane \ -​ˈtü-​ How to pronounce trichloroethane (audio) \ : 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 21 Sep. 2021.

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