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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a clear, colorless liquid used extensively at one time as an anthelmintic but now superseded in all species by safer and more effective drugs.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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Biotransformation of tetrachloroethylene to trichloroethylene, dichloroethylene, vinyl chloride, and carbon dioxide under methanogenic conditions," Appl.
The paper examines the use of upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor in the treatment of high strength wastewater containing tetrachloroethylene or perchloroethylene (PCE).
Yet, the most frequently occurring contaminants at Superfund sites, such as lead, trichloroethylene, benzene, chromium, and tetrachloroethylene, are chemicals with well-established toxic effects.
Developed by LLNL, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO, the detoxification system destroys TCE, a double-bonded carbon compound, and possibly other solvents, including tetrachloroethylene, perchloroethylene (PCE), and dichloroethylene.
The two lists also include many of the organic compounds typically found in waste oil, organic binders, sea coal and coke, such as acetone, benzene, 2,4-dimethylphenol, ethylbenzene, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, naphthalene, 2methylnapthalene, phenol, dimethyl phthalate, phenanthrene, tetrachloroethylene, toluene, cresols, and xylenes.
Degreasers may have one or more of thesechemicals and/or one or more of the ANESTHETICS: trichloroethyleneand tetrachloroethylene.
The health care company is one of the first corporate participants in the EPA initiative, which seeks nationwide emission reductions of such toxic chemicals as benzene, chloroform and tetrachloroethylene.
The primary groundwater contaminant of concern in the Hockessin area is tetrachloroethylene (PCE), most commonly used as a dry-cleaning solvent and industrial degreaser.
One of the most ubiquitous environmental pollutants without solid experimental data on variability in toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics is tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene, PERC).
In Puerto Rico, groundwater contamination in the town of Dorado has impacted drinking water for 67,000 people with the industrial solvents tetrachloroethylene and trichloroethylene, which can have serious health impacts including damage to the liver and increasing the risk of cancer, states the EPA.
Three chemicals, benzene, tetrachloroethylene (PCE), and/or trichloroethylene (TCE) were found in at least one medium (indoor air, groundwater, crawl space air, or soil gas) at 95% of the sites.