chloropicrin

[klawr-uh-pik-rin, -pahy-krin, klohr-]

noun Chemistry, Military.

a colorless, somewhat oily, water-insoluble, poisonous liquid, CCl3NO2, that causes lachrymation and headache: used as an insecticide, a fungicide, in organic synthesis, and as a war gas.

Nearby words

  1. chlorophyll,
  2. chlorophyllase,
  3. chlorophyllous,
  4. chlorophyte,
  5. chlorophytum,
  6. chloroplast,
  7. chloroplatinic,
  8. chloroplatinic acid,
  9. chloroprene,
  10. chloroprocaine hydrochloride


Origin of chloropicrin

First recorded in 1885–90; chloro-2 + picr(ic acid) + -in2

Also called nitrochloroform.

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British Dictionary definitions for chloropicrin

chloropicrin

chlorpicrin (klɔːˈpɪkrɪn)

noun

a colourless insoluble toxic lachrymatory liquid used as a pesticide and a tear gas; nitrotrichloromethane. Formula: CCl 3 NO 2

Word Origin for chloropicrin

C20: from chloro- + picro- + -in

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