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I am concerned that your article indicates that trichloroethane is "relatively non-toxic" although studies confirm that inhalation triggers a syndrome known as "sudden death syndrome" whereby the concentrated inhaled vapors can sensitive cardiac tissues to catecholamine formation causing massive arrythmias and zero net cardiac output. The result, death. 16:24 Feb 1, 2005

  • The hazard information is now undergoing review as part of WikiProject Chemicals. It would be helpful if you provided a reference for the "studies" that you cite. Physchim62 13:39, 29 May 2005 (UTC)

Chemical Formula[edit]

Should we show up 1,1,1-Trichloroethane with CH3CCl3 rather than C2H3Cl3?

Added the CH3CCl3. --Deryck C. 01:36, 30 October 2006 (UTC)

Name of article[edit]

In actual writing, we put the "t" in lowercase. Therefore name of this article should be "1,1,1-trichloroethane". I'm going to move this. --Deryck C. 01:33, 30 October 2006 (UTC)

Does 1,1,1 - Trichoroethane effect alcohol breath testing devices?[edit]

Evidentiary machines, used by policeforces, generally utilize infrared spectrophotometer technology. Essentially, the machines project an infra-red beam of energy through the captured breath in the sample chamber; the more energy is absorbed by compounds containing the methyl group in their molecular structures, the less reaches the detector on the other side -- and the higher the reading. The assumption is that the compound containing the methyl group is probably ethyl alcohol. However, studies indicate that over one hundred compounds containing the methyl group have been identified on the human breath and will be incorrectly detected as ethyl alcohol. Importantly, the effect is cumulative: the more methyl group compounds absorbing the infrared energy, the higher the false breath test result.

Greenhouse gas?[edit]

The article is in category:greenhouse gases, but the article makes no mention of it. Is it really a greenhouse gas as well as being an ozone depleting gas? Tim Ivorson 2008-03-18 13:06, 18 March 2008 (UTC)


Insecticide: The article mentions that a citation is needed that this chemical is harmful to insects. The page lists it as an insecticide. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:47, 4 February 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for the suggestion. I have added the reference to the article. -- Ed (Edgar181) 16:14, 4 February 2011 (UTC)

Polar Solvent?[edit]

"1,1,1-Trichloroethane is generally considered as a polar solvent." Who does? It's a typical low-polarity solvent and does not dissolve medium or highly polar stuff. --FK1954 (talk) 20:08, 23 July 2012 (UTC)

Of course, 1,1,1-Trichloroethane is not really a polar solvent. But, like other halogenated (except fluorinated) hydrocarbons, it has a high polarizability. This makes it a good solvent for substances of low polarity, but not for strong polar compounds. btw: the odor is NOT chloroform-like (nearly no sweet flavor), it reminds me more of tetrachloromethane. --FK1954 (talk) 23:56, 6 November 2015 (UTC)