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[mass noun] A colourless toxic volatile liquid used as a solvent, especially for fats and oils.
- ‘Examples of known predictable liver toxins are the cleaning solvent carbon tetrachloride and the pain killer acetaminophen.’
- ‘Do not clean with window cleaning fluids or strong solvents such as gasoline, denatured alcohol, carbon tetrachloride, or acetone.’
- ‘Greenpeace found that perc breaks down into the toxic byproducts phosgene, vinyl chloride, carbon tetrachloride and trichloroacetic acid.’
- ‘Volatile organic compounds, such as benzene, carbon tetrachloride, and styrene, are released at room temperature from materials commonly used in construction and furnishings.’
- ‘Specific petrochemicals implicated in one study included benzene, toluene, styrene, hexane, carbon tetrachloride, chloroform, methanol, and vinyl chloride.’
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