a colorless, liquid, cyclic compound, C6H12O3, having a disagreeable taste but an agreeable odor, produced by the polymerization of acetaldehyde with sulfuric acid: used chiefly in the manufacture of organic chemicals and in medicine as a sedative and hypnotic.
- Also called paracetaldehyde.
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How to use paraldehyde in a sentence
For the same reason the use of paraldehyde in such cases is quite inadmissable.
The substance investigated was acetaldehyde, C2H4O, in its relation to paraldehyde, a polymeric modification.
An ounce of this mixture contains forty-five grains of paraldehyde.
Recently, paraldehyde has been employed as a substitute for chloral.
For this reason it is possible to determine the freezing point curves of acetaldehyde and paraldehyde.The Phase Rule and Its Applications | Alexander Findlay
British Dictionary definitions for paraldehyde
a colourless liquid substance that is a cyclic trimer of acetaldehyde: used in making dyestuffs and as a hypnotic and anticonvulsant drug. Formula: (C 2 H 4 O) 3
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