ethyl chloride


noun Chemistry.

a flammable gas, C2H5Cl, used as a refrigerant, solvent, and anesthetic.

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Medical definitions for ethyl chloride

ethyl chloride

n.

A chemical compound that is a gas at room temperature and a colorless, volatile, flammable or explosive liquid under high pressure. It is used as a local anesthetic, potent inhalation anesthetic, refrigerant, and solvent.
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