chloral definition

  • noun:
    • A colorless, cellular, oily aldehyde, CCl3CHO, a penetrating lung irritant, accustomed manufacture DDT and chloral hydrate.
    • A colourless narcotic liquid, trichloroacetaldehyde, CCl3CHO, obtained initially by the activity of chlorine on alcohol and that, when treated with liquid, produces chloral hydrate.
    • A colorless oily liquid, CCl3.CHO, of a pungent smell and harsh taste, acquired because of the action of chlorine upon ordinary or ethyl liquor.
    • Chloral hydrate.
    • A colorless cellular fluid (CCl3.CHO), having an agreeable pungent scent and biting style, first served by Liebig from chlorin and liquor, afterward by St├Ądeler because of the action of chlorin on starch.

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