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a moderately toxic chlorinated hydrocarbon formerly widely used as an anthelmintic but now used only as a dry cleaning solvent and for other industrial uses.


/tet·ra·chlo·ro·eth·y·lene/ (tet″rah-klōr″o-eth´ĭ-lēn) a moderately toxic chlorinated hydrocarbon used as a dry-cleaning solvent and for other industrial uses.


, tetrachloroethylene, tetrachloroethene (te″tră-klor-eth′ĭ-lēn″) (te″tră-klō-rō-eth′ĭ-lēn″) (te″tră-klō-rō-eth′ēn″)
Cl2-C=C-Cl2 or C2Cl4, a clear, colorless liquid with a characteristic odor, used as a solvent.
CAS # 127-18-4


a clear, colorless liquid used extensively at one time as an anthelmintic but now superseded in all species by safer and more effective drugs. Overdosing causes incoordination immediately, hepatic insufficiency later.

Patient discussion about tetrachloroethylene

Q. breating air that has tetrachloroethene in it how does it affect you if u have prostate cancer the air in my building has been determined to have Tetrachloroethylene in it i have just been diagnosed with prostate cancer

A. i found a research they did in Finland about tetrachloroethene, and they saw that amongst the people who were exposed to it over the years there was an increased amount of cancerous events. and even prostate cancer.

here is a link to the abstract-


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Mayor D, McMaster M, Cox E (2002) Field demonstration of successful bioaugmentacion to achieve dechloration of tetrachloroethene to ethene.
Tetrachloroethene is at the trigger level in one leachate when a risk factor of [10.
Indoor air sampling tests recently taken in Pompton Lakes reveal that vapors from Tetrachloroethene (PCE), used often in the textile industry and as a component of aerosol dry-cleaning products, and Tricholorethene (TCE), used as a solvent for cleaning metal parts, are rising from the ground into people's homes.
The injected chemicals will break up the dry cleaning chemicals: tetrachloroethene and four other contaminants.
Sampling at the site showed that public water supply wells, soil and groundwater were contaminated with volatile organic compounds, including tetrachloroethene or PCE, a widely used solvent in industrial processes.
Tucson, Arizona) cleaned about 40,000 gal of groundwater contaminated with trichloroethene (TCE) and tetrachloroethene (PCE), which were present at concentrations of about 1,000 and 100 mg/L, respectively.
They include tetrachloroethene (PCE), and its breakdown chemicals, trichloroethene (TCE), dichloroethene (DCE) and vinyl chloride.
The facility used both Stoddard solvent and tetrachloroethene (PCE).
Henry Kraus, president of the One-Hour Martinizing(TM) establishment, stated, "I am thankful for having been introduced to ABS/SSWM by my environmental counsel and ABS/SSWM's stated patented in-situ application of the stated all-natural, non-genetically engineered bacteria to remediate dry cleaner solvents containing Tetrachloroethene (PCE or PERC).
The site has groundwater contamination from chlorinated solvents, including tetrachloroethene, trichloroethene and degradation products.
The site has groundwater contamination from chlorinated solvents, including tetrachloroethene (PCE), trichloroethene (TCE) and degradation products.
We analyzed the 11 VOCs with median values above the limit of detection [1,1,1-trichloroethane (1,1,1-TCE), 1,4-dichlorobenzene (1,4-DCB), 2-butanone, acetone, benzene, ethylbenzene, m,p-xylene, o-xylene, styrene, tetrachloroethene, toluene].