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chloral

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noun chlo·ral \ˈklȯr-əl\

Definition of chloral

  1. 1 :  a pungent colorless oily aldehyde CCl3CHO used in making DDT and chloral hydrate

  2. 2 :  chloral hydrate



Origin and Etymology of chloral

French, from chlor- + alcool alcohol


First Known Use: 1838


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chloral

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noun chlo·ral \ˈklōr-əl, ˈklȯr-\

Medical Definition of chloral

  1. 1:  a pungent colorless oily aldehyde C2HCl3O used in making DDT and chloral hydrate

  2. 2:  chloral hydrate




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