- a colorless, poisonous gas, CH3Cl, used chiefly as a refrigerant, as a local anesthetic, and as a methylating agent in organic synthesis.
Origin of methyl chloride
First recorded in 1875–80
Also called chloromethane.
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- a colourless gas with an ether-like odour, used as a refrigerant and anaesthetic. Formula: CH 3 ClSystematic name: chloromethane