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 (trī-klôr′ō-ĕth′ə-lēn′) also tri·chlo·ro·eth·ene (-ĕth′ēn)
A dense, colorless, nonflammable, toxic liquid chlorinated alkene, C2HCl3, used to degrease metals, as an extraction solvent for oils and waxes, as a refrigerant, in dry cleaning, and as a fumigant.


(traɪˌklɔːrəʊˈɛθɪˌliːn) or


(Elements & Compounds) a volatile nonflammable mobile colourless liquid with an odour resembling that of chloroform. It is a good solvent for certain organic materials and is also an inhalation anaesthetic. Formula CHCl:CCl2


(traɪˌklɔr oʊˈɛθ əˌlin, -ˌkloʊr-)

a colorless, poisonous liquid, C2HCl3, used chiefly as a degreasing agent for metals and as a solvent, esp. in dry cleaning.
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Noun1.trichloroethylene - a heavy colorless highly toxic liquid used as a solvent to clean electronic components and for dry cleaning and as a fumigant; causes cancer and liver and lung damage
ethene, ethylene - a flammable colorless gaseous alkene; obtained from petroleum and natural gas and used in manufacturing many other chemicals; sometimes used as an anesthetic
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Increased subjective symptom prevalence among workers exposed to trichloroethylene at sub-oel levels.
For decades, metal-processing workers in Germany used trichloroethylene as a degreaser--breathing its fumes in poorly ventilated rooms, washing floors with it, even scrubbing their hands and arms with the chemical.
Other names: PERKLONE: Perchloroethylene, Tetrachloroethylene, Cl2C=CCl, PER, Perc, PCE TRIKLONE: Trichloroethylene, CHCl=CCl2, Trich, Trike, TCE, TRI, TCE 3M NOVEC: 3M ENGINEERED FLUIDS & 3M ELECTRONIC COATING
Breathing small amounts of trichloroethylene for short periods may cause headaches, lung irritation, dizziness, poor coordination and difficulty in concentrating.
In one case, it detected levels of trichloroethylene some 46,000 times the current national allowable limit.
Trichloroethylene has been found in at least 861 National Priority List (NPL) sites.
Those of potential interest are cadmium and compounds, chromium and compounds, lead and compounds, nickel and compounds, and the solvents benzene, toluene, xylenes, carbon tetrachloride and trichloroethylene.
Contaminated groundwater tainted with trichloroethylene (TCE) is to blame for the toxic fumes, which are entering homes through their basements.
Previous epidemiologic research has suggested an association between exposure to trichloroethylene (TCE) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).
For example, the base hired a company to treat a contaminant called trichloroethylene, or TCE, by injecting soybean oil into the contamination.
Of the total, 47 cases involved trichloroethylene, 37 involved tetrachloroethylene -- both VOCs -- while 30 involved lead, 23 involved arsenic, and 10 involved mercury, they said.
The DOD is working with the EPA to develop a health-based groundwater (GW) cleanup standard for trichloroethylene (TCE).