[klawr-uh l, klohr-]
- Also called trichloroacetaldehyde, trichloroacetic acid aldehyde. a colorless, oily liquid, C2Cl3HO, having a pungent odor, usually derived by the chlorination of ethyl alcohol or of acetaldehyde and combining with water to form chloral hydrate.
- Also called chloral hydrate. Pharmacology. a white, crystalline solid, C2H3Cl3O2, formed by combining liquid chloral with water: used as a hypnotic.
Origin of chloral
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Examples from the Web for chloral
He said the chloral he had taken daring the journey was upon him, and he could not see.Recollections of Dante Gabriel Rossetti
T. Hall Caine
But when the chloral was stoutly met at last, it was too late.
On the table where she had placed the lamp was a tiny bottle marked "chloral."Peak and Prairie
Bromide of potassium in combination with chloral has been recommended.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
Give ether or chloroform by inhalation, and chloral internally.Housekeeping in Old Virginia
Marion Cabell Tyree
- a colourless oily liquid with a pungent odour, made from chlorine and acetaldehyde and used in preparing chloral hydrate and DDT; trichloroacetaldehyde
- short for chloral hydrate
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Word Origin and History for chloral
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