ethyl chloride

noun Chemistry.

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

Nearby words

  1. ethyl aminobenzoate,
  2. ethyl butyrate,
  3. ethyl caproate,
  4. ethyl carbamate,
  5. ethyl cellulose,
  6. ethyl enanthate,
  7. ethyl ether,
  8. ethyl group,
  9. ethyl hexoate,
  10. ethyl malonate

Also called chloroethane. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for ethyl chloride

ethyl chloride


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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