methyl chloride


noun Chemistry.

a colorless, poisonous gas, CH3Cl, used chiefly as a refrigerant, as a local anesthetic, and as a methylating agent in organic synthesis.

Nearby words

  1. methyl,
  2. methyl acetate,
  3. methyl alcohol,
  4. methyl bromide,
  5. methyl cellulose,
  6. methyl chloroform,
  7. methyl chloroformate,
  8. methyl ethyl ketone,
  9. methyl formate,
  10. methyl green

Origin of methyl chloride

First recorded in 1875–80

Also called chloromethane.

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British Dictionary definitions for methyl chloride

methyl chloride

noun

a colourless gas with an ether-like odour, used as a refrigerant and anaesthetic. Formula: CH 3 ClSystematic name: chloromethane
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