[ hal-uh-theyn ]
/ ˈhæl əˌθeɪn /

noun Pharmacology.

a colorless liquid, C2HBrClF3, used as an inhalant for general anesthesia.

Origin of halothane

1955–60; halo- + -thane, as in fluothane
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British Dictionary definitions for halothane


/ (ˈhæləʊˌθeɪn) /


a colourless volatile slightly soluble liquid with an odour resembling that of chloroform; 2-bromo-2-chloro-1,1,1-trifluoroethane: a general anaesthetic. Formula: CF 3 CHBrCl

Word Origin for halothane

C20: from halo- + -thane, as in methane
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Medicine definitions for halothane


[ hălə-thān′ ]


A colorless, nonflammable liquid that is widely used as an inhalation anesthetic and that takes effect rapidly and can be rapidly counteracted.
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Science definitions for halothane


[ hălə-thān′ ]

A colorless nonflammable liquid, C2HBrClF3, used as an inhalant anesthetic.
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