paraldehyde definition

  • noun:
    • A colorless liquid polymer, C6H12O3, of acetaldehyde, made use of as a solvent and a sedative.
    • A cyclic trimer of acetaldehyde as soon as utilized as an antidepressant.
    • A trimer of acetaldehyde (C6H12O3), made by polymerization of acetaldehyde with hydrochloric and sulfuric acids. This has sedative and hypnotic properties.
    • A colorless liquid with a disagreeable smell and taste, C6H12O3, obtained by treating aldehyde with sulphuric or hydrochloric acid. It is used in medicine as a hypnotic.
    • a colorless liquid (a cyclic trimer of acetaldehyde) that is used as a sedative and a solvent

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