Definition of trichloroethylene in US English:



  • A colorless volatile liquid used as a solvent and formerly as an anesthetic.

    Chemical formula: CCl₂CHCl

    • ‘But many other chemicals linked to reproductive health problems, including xylene, trichloroethylene, phenols, and acetone, remain in use.’
    • ‘The same applies to the solvents, save that chloroform and trichloroethylene were handled only in small quantities for laboratory use.’
    • ‘Men employed in the fur industry also proved to be at risk, possibly related to use of dyes or chemicals such as trichloroethylene.’
    • ‘Even dry-cleaning fluid, which is generally trichloroethylene, can be made from acetylene.’
    • ‘Poplar plants have already been used to remove atrazine, trichloroethylene and selenium from polluted soils.’