- A possible carcinogenic (cancer-causing) compound used mainly as a degreaser for metal parts. Trichloroethylene was also at one time used to decaffeinate coffee. There are limited findings of elevated liver and biliary tract cancer rates in occupational groups exposed to trichloroethylene. There is also evidence of cancer formation in experimental animals exposed to trichloroethylene. The US government in 2000 classified tetrafluoroethylene as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen."
* * *An analgesic and inhalation anesthetic used in minor surgical operations and in obstetric practice; administration requires that only nonrebreathing circuits be used because of the toxicity of dichloracetylene resulting from interaction of t. with soda lime. SYN: ethinyl trichloride, trichloroethene.
* * *tri·chlo·ro·eth·y·lene also tri·chlor·eth·y·lene -'eth-ə-.lēn n a nonflammable liquid C2HCl3 used as a solvent and in medicine as an anesthetic and analgesic abbr. TCE
* * *tri·chlo·ro·eth·y·lene (tri-klor″o-ethґə-lēn) a toxic liquid widely used as an industrial solvent; formerly used as an inhalation anesthetic.
Medical dictionary. 2011.