tetrachloroethylene

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Molecular structure of tetrachloroethylene

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tetra- + chloro- + ethylene

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tetrachloroethylene ‎(countable and uncountable, plural tetrachloroethylenes)

  1. A chlorocarbon with the formula C2Cl4, often used in dry cleaning
    • 2007 May 12, The Associated Press, “Car Wash’s Water Is Tested in Search for Contaminant”[1], New York Times:
      The department has been testing samples of tap water in the affected neighborhoods for the presence of the chemical, tetrachloroethylene, which is used in dry cleaning and auto body repair.

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