Definition of ethylene dichloride in English:

ethylene dichloride


  • A toxic, flammable liquid made by the addition reaction of chlorine and ethylene and used as a synthetic reagent (chiefly to make vinyl chloride for PVC manufacture), and (especially formerly) in degreasers and paint removers and as an anti-knock agent.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London.