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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a clear, colorless liquid used extensively at one time as an anthelmintic but now superseded in all species by safer and more effective drugs.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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Country-specific results showed no additional associations besides the association with paternal exposure to perchloroethylene, which was observed exclusively in Finland.
Celle-ci a montre qu'il existe un lien entre le fait de vivre a proximite d'un commerce de nettoyage a sec utilisant du perchloroethylene et l'apparition du cancer du rein.
Case 2 likely represents a sentinel case of neurologic toxicity in the dry cleaning industry, and additional cases could occur as dry cleaners switch from perchloroethylene use to 1-BP.
Spot removers also contain the pernicious perchloroethylene.
Eyelet decided to use Perchloroethylene SVG Double Stabilized solvent, a specially inhibited grade of perc produced by Dow.
Two high-performance flouroelastomer coatings have been developed to resist perchloroethylene (perc) penetration of concrete floors in dry cleaning establishments.
The dry-cleaning industry is seeking a replacement for perchloroethylene, the toxic organic solvent currently used by 90% of all dry cleaners.
The PELs for the following 20 chemicals will be the first to be addressed: carbon disulfide, carbon monoxide, chloroform, dimethyl sulfate, epichlorohydrin, ethylene dichloride, glutaraldehyde, n-hexane, 2-hexanone, hydrazine, hydrogen sulfide, manganese and compounds, mercury and compounds, nitrogen dioxide, perchloroethylene, sulfur dioxide, toluene, toluene diisocyanate, trimellitic anhydride, vinyl bromide.
But the chemical, widely used in dry cleaning - perchloroethylene, known as "perc" - can indeed contaminate the air in dry-cleaning establishments, as well as nearby apartments and stores.
Tetrachloroethylene (also known as perchloroethylene or PCE), which was used at the facility, has been found in groundwater and springs at the site.
During the sessions, residents will learn about the EPA's plans to install a groundwater pump and treatment system to address groundwater contaminated with trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene, according to a letter mailed to residents.