A chemical compound containing four chlorine atoms per molecule. (noun)
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Use "tetrachloride" in a sentence
"Some may use solvents that the art conservation field has long since abandoned, such as benzene and carbon tetrachloride, which are proven carcinogens, or caustic soda otherwise known as lye."
"Some carbon tetrachloride wafts up from inside landfills, says Kenneth Mitchell, chief of the EPA's air toxics program in its Southeast regional office in Atlanta."
"Most of it, though, is probably left over from the past because carbon tetrachloride degrades so slowly, Mitchell says."