- Also called trichloromethane. Chemistry, Pharmacology. a colorless, volatile, nonflammable, slightly water-soluble, pungent, sweet-tasting liquid, CHCl3, usually derived from acetone, acetaldehyde, or ethyl alcohol by the reaction of chloride of lime: used chiefly in medicine as a solvent and formerly as an anesthetic.
- to administer chloroform to, especially in order to anesthetize, make unconscious, or kill.
- to put chloroform on (a cloth, object, etc.).
Origin of chloroform
Examples from the Web for chloroform
In addition, air tests from the trunk showing high levels of chloroform are expected.The Case Against Casey
May 22, 2011
But the manufacturer was thinking of other things than chloroform.The Downfall
The railway and the telegraph, chloroform and applied electricity.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
Ants show similar symptoms after narcosis by means of chloroform.Criminal Man
"I guess you won't have to chloroform us to drag us there this time," she retorted.Miss Pat at School
I got to go to the drug-store and get some chloroform liniment.In a Little Town
- a heavy volatile liquid with a sweet taste and odour, used as a solvent and cleansing agent and in refrigerants: formerly used as an inhalation anaesthetic. Formula: CHCl 3Systematic name: trichloromethane
Word Origin and History for chloroform
"trichloromethane," volatile liquid used as an anaesthetic, 1835, from French chloroforme, a hybrid coined 1834 by French chemist Jean-Baptiste Dumas (1800-1884) from chlor-, comb. form meaning "chlorine" + formique "formic (acid)" (see formic (adj.)). As a verb, from 1848, the year its anaesthetic properties were discovered. Related: Chloroformed.
- A clear, colorless, heavy, sweet-smelling liquid used sometimes as a general anesthetic; it has generally been replaced by less toxic, more easily controlled agents.
- A colorless, toxic, sweet-tasting liquid formed by combining methane with chlorine. It is used as a solvent and was once widely used as an anesthetic. Chemical formula: CHCl3.