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[klawr-uh-hahy-drin, klohr-]
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  1. any of a class of organic chemical compounds containing a chlorine atom and a hydroxyl group, usually on adjacent carbon atoms.
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Origin of chlorohydrin

First recorded in 1885–90; chloro-2 + hydr-2 + -in2
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British Dictionary definitions for chlorohydrin


  1. any of a class of organic compounds containing a hydroxyl group and a chlorine atom
  2. a colourless unstable hygroscopic liquid that is used mainly as a solvent; 3-chloropropane-1,2-diol. Formula: CH 2 OHCHOHCH 2 Cl
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Word Origin

C20: from chloro- + hydro- + -in
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