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.).
Related formschlo·ro·for·mic, adjectivepre·chlo·ro·form, verb (used with object)
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But the manufacturer was thinking of other things than chloroform.
The railway and the telegraph, chloroform and applied electricity.
Ants show similar symptoms after narcosis by means of chloroform.
"I guess you won't have to chloroform us to drag us there this time," she retorted.
I got to go to the drug-store and get some chloroform liniment.
British Dictionary definitions for chloroform
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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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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
A clear, colorless, heavy, sweet-smelling liquid used sometimes as a general anesthetic; it has generally been replaced by less toxic, more easily controlled agents.
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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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