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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a clear, colorless liquid used extensively at one time as an anthelmintic but now superseded in all species by safer and more effective drugs.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.

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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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Hydrogen as an electron donor for dechlorination of tetrachloroethene by an anaerobic mixed culture.
Assessment of the Microbial Communities Derived from Two Tetrachloroethene (PCE)-Contaminated Aquifers [Master's Thesis].
Complete biological reductive transformation of tetrachloroethene to ethane.
Sulfoxidation of mercapturic acids derived from tri- and tetrachloroethene by cytochromes P450 3A: a bioactivation reaction in addition to deacetylation and cysteine conjugate [beta]-lyase mediated cleavage.
Soil and ground water monitoring in 1989 and again in the 1990's disclosed metals including lead, silver, copper, nickel and zinc in the soil samples, and certain VOCs, including trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethene were detected in the ground water samples.
After reviewing records and inspections conducted in 2006, DEP determined that the company failed to notify the agency of a release of Tetrachloroethene found at its location, failed to comply with operational requirements for its dry cleaning machine, and discharged industrial wastewater (washing machine wastewater) into a storm drain without approval from DEP or the U.
One sample contained tetrachloroethene at nine times greater than the WHO guidance values for exposure limits and 70 times the US Environmental Protection Agency maximum contaminant level for drinking water.
The methods are organized by substance and presented in sections on aldehydes, cadmium, diesel engine emissions, ethylene glycol derivatives, ethylene oxide, metalworking fluid aerosols and vapors, N-nitrosamines, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, quartz, styrene, sulfuric acid, tetrachloroethene, and volatile inorganic acids.
But Myers said the plan does not account for other contaminants, including trichloroethylene, a colorless liquid used as a solvent for cleaning metal parts, and tetrachloroethene, which is widely used for dry cleaning of fabrics and for metal-degreasing.
Tetrachloroethene, or perc, was used in making scissors, and elevated concentrations of the solvent were detected in soil and groundwater in 1992.
Perchloroethylene is also known as tetrachloroethylene and tetrachloroethene.
Benzene and tetrachloroethene concentrations were slightly above drinking water standards in three leachates.