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n. Abbr. PCE
A colorless, nonflammable chlorocarbon, C2Cl4, used in dry-cleaning solutions and as an industrial solvent.
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(pəˌklɔːrəʊˈɛθɪliːn) or


(Elements & Compounds) a colourless liquid used as a dry-cleaning solvent. Formula: CCl2:CCl2
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(pərˌklɔr oʊˈɛθ əˌlin, -ˌkloʊr-)

a colorless, nonflammable liquid, C2Cl4, used as a dry-cleaning solvent.
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Production of non-hazardous and non-toxic aircraft cleaning products, which are free from substances, including Perchloroethylene, trichloroethylene (TCE), and other chemicals, remain a key strategy to widen consumer base, while driving sales.
Perchloroethylene (tetrachloroethylene) is a colorless volatile liquid, used mainly as a solvent in dry cleaning, cleaning of electrical equipment, and degreasing of metal parts.
At the DuPont/Chermours Pompton Lakes Work site, which manufactured explosives and munitions, the company released trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene, as well as lead and mercury, into the surrounding soil and water supply which provides drinking water to "hundreds of homes," according to the OAG.
The chemical perchloroethylene, also known as 'PERC', and found in many cleaning products, has also been classified as a 'possible carcinogen' by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the US.
A spokesperson for the transmissions producer advised that when the company changed solvent a couple of years ago, consideration was given to using perchloroethylene, which would have been more effective than methylene chloride.
They used chemical solvents that were common in the metal painting process, including perchloroethylene and trichloroethene.
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(1) This issue of Environmental Health Perspectives contains the first published toxicology study to be performed with CC mice: an exploration of how the toxic effects of perchloroethylene vary from animal to animal.
That process typically involves chemical solvents like perchloroethylene, which can leach into groundwater and has been linked to neurological problems, acute loss of coordination, and liver tumors in mice.
2 PERC (Perchloroethylene or Tetrachlorethylene)--This is a potential carcinogen with links to numerous cancers.
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