Meaning of hexachloroethane

hex•a•chlo•ro•eth•ane

Pronunciation: (hek"su-klôr"ō-eth'ān, -klōr"-), [key]
— n.
  1. a colorless crystalline compound, CCl, with a camphorlike odor, soluble in alcohol and ether, insoluble in water: used in organic synthesis and pyrotechnics, as a retarding agent in fermentation, and as a solvent. Also called
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