from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A colorless crystalline compound, Cl3CCCl3, that is used as a camphor substitute and in pyrotechnics, explosives, and veterinary medicine.
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- n. The fully chlorinated derivative of ethane CCl3-CCl3 that is used as an oxidizing agent, and in munitions
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You have to be impressed by the scale and variety of the contamination: not just from chemicals with sci-fi names (dodecyl mercaptan, hexachloroethane) but also radiation from former nuclear-weapons plants.
In the basement were, among the numerous items, various chemicals with ominous-sounding names like hexachloroethane, tetrahydrofuron and methyl hydrate.