tetraethyl lead


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tetraethyl lead

[tet′rə·eth′il led]
a potentially toxic, anti-knock gasoline additive. Effects of overexposure include insomnia, lassitude, anxiety, nausea, tremor, pallor, hypothermia, anorexia, and psychosis.

tetraethyl lead

the additive in leaded petrol. See also lead1 poisoning.
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Tetraethyl lead "becomes dangerous due to carelessness of the men in handling it.
Limited to t he twentieth century and a focus on lead-based paints and tetraethyl lead in gasoline, the study is divided into three parts.
Tragically, as new fuels and emissions-control technologies are about to make the industrial world's vehicles even cleaner, much of the developing world is being poisoned the old fashioned way: by fueling their vehicles with gasoline containing tetraethyl lead (TEL).
From 1926 to 1929, Imperial had a semi-exclusive right to the use of tetraethyl lead in Canada as an additive to increase the octane rating of straight-run gasoline.
Well-known studies by Herbert Needleman, a physician and statistician, of the correlation of lead deposits in children's teeth and the children's IQs resulted, eventually, in removal of tetraethyl lead from gasoline in the U.
Years before, Needleman learned, more than 300 workers involved in the synthesis of tetraethyl lead - an anti-knock compound for gasoline - had suffered lead poisoning.
The other that I have in mind is tetraethyl lead, which, as you know, could be dropped on the skin in small quantities, producing no local lesion; after a quick death no specific pathologic evidence of the tetraethyl lead would be present.
1889-1944) discovered that if the compound tetraethyl lead was added to the gasoline, it inhibited the burning just enough to prevent knock.
They halted a multinational's plans to double production of tetraethyl lead for export to the Third World.
In Sarnia, Ontario, plants that produce chlorine and tetraethyl lead have reduced or ceased operations because of green pressures.
And McKibben calls Thomas Midgley, the General Motors chemist who invented both chlorofluorocarbons and tetraethyl lead gasoline additives, the one "who may now hold the record for most banned substances produced by a singled man.
The year 2007 special items include the 2007 gain associated with the termination of the tetraethyl lead (TEL) marketing agreements, as well as the after-tax earnings from these agreements in the first quarter of 2007 (discontinued operations), which together total a benefit of $16.