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  • The chemical compound trichloroethylene is a chlorinated hydrocarbon.
  • It is a clear non-flammable liquid with a sweet smell.
  • Its IUPAC name is trichloroethene.
  • In industry, it is informally referred to by the abbreviations TCE, Trike and tri, and it is sold under a variety of trade names.


  • The 1,1,2,2-tetrachloroethane is then de hydro chlorinated to give trichloroethylene.
  • This can either be accomplished with an aqueous solution of calcium hydroxide.
  • Most trichloroethylene is produced from ethylene.


  • The National Toxicology Program (NTP) determined that trichloroethylene is “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.
  • ” The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has determined that trichloroethylene is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”


  • Its major use was to extract vegetable oils from plant materials such as soy, coconut, and palm.
  • Other uses in the food industry included coffee decaffeination and the preparation of flavoring extracts from hops and spices.
  • It was also used as a dry cleaning solvent.

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