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formaldehyde

noun form·al·de·hyde \fr-ˈmal-də-ˌhīd, fər-\

chemistry : a chemical that is used to prevent decay in the dead bodies of people and animals

Full Definition of FORMALDEHYDE

:  a colorless pungent irritating gas CH2O used chiefly in aqueous solution as a disinfectant and preservative and in chemical synthesis
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Origin of FORMALDEHYDE

International Scientific Vocabulary form- + aldehyde
First Known Use: 1872
Medical Dictionary

formaldehyde

noun form·al·de·hyde \fr-ˈmal-də-ˌhīd, fər-\

Medical Definition of FORMALDEHYDE

:  a colorless pungent irritating gas CH2O used chiefly as a disinfectant and preservative and in chemical synthesis
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