carbon tetrachloride: Meaning and Definition of

car'bon tetrachlo'ride

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  1. a colorless, nonflammable, vaporous, toxic liquid, CCl, usually produced by the reaction of chlorine with carbon disulfide, methane, or other carbon-containing compounds: used mainly as a refrigerant, fire extinguisher, cleaning fluid, solvent, and insecticide. Also called
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