Definition of perchloroethylene in English:



  • [mass noun] A toxic colourless volatile solvent used commonly as a dry-cleaning fluid.

    • ‘The toxic solvent, perchloroethylene, is used to dry clean clothes.’
    • ‘One of those toxic chemicals was the dry cleaning solvent, perchlorethylene.’
    • ‘These often contain perchloroethylene, the solvent used in dry cleaning, which emits carcinogenic fumes that can make you lightheaded, nauseous, and disoriented.’
    • ‘This will limit your exposure to perchloroethylene, a solvent used in dry cleaning.’
    • ‘The primary solvent used in dry cleaning is perchloroethylene, also known as tetrachloroethylene and commonly known as perc.’