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chloroform

[ klawr-uh-fawrm, klohr- ]
/ ˈklɔr əˌfɔrm, ˈkloʊr- /
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noun
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.
verb (used with object)
to administer chloroform to, especially in order to anesthetize, make unconscious, or kill.
to put chloroform on (a cloth, object, etc.).
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Origin of chloroform

First recorded in 1830–40; chloro-2 + form(yl)

OTHER WORDS FROM chloroform

chlo·ro·for·mic, adjectivepre·chlo·ro·form, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for chloroform

chloroform
/ (ˈklɔːrəˌfɔːm) /

noun
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 for chloroform

C19: from chloro- + form (yl) (in an obsolete sense that applied to a CH radical)
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Scientific definitions for chloroform

chloroform
[ klôrə-fôrm′ ]

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.
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