Methylene chloride (dichloromethane), a versatile chlorinated solvent, is produced by chlorination of either methane or methyl chloride. It is used in a broad spectrum of applications: paint stripping, adhesives, aerosols, process solvent and tablet-coating agent in the pharmaceutical industry, solvent in polycarbonate production, blowing agent for polyurethanes, food extraction, cold degreasing of metals, printing, gauze coating, fabric coating, etc. See other information and comments under "Chlorinated Solvents" .

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