The compound with a formula of CCl4 is carbon tetrachloride. The chemical formula shows that a carbon tetrachloride molecule has one carbon atom and four chlorine atoms.
Manufacturers use carbon tetrachloride to produce propellants, refrigerants and solvents. Dry cleaners also use carbon tetrachloride as a cleaning agent. Exposure to this compound has been linked to liver damage, kidney damage and depression of the central nervous system. Inhaling large amounts of carbon tetrachloride has also been linked to the presence of fluid in the lungs, which is a condition called pulmonary edema. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies carbon tetrachloride as a probable human carcinogen, which means long-term exposure to the chemical may cause cancer.