chloral

noun
chlo·​ral | \ ˈklȯr-əl How to pronounce chloral (audio) \

Definition of chloral

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

First Known Use of chloral

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chloral

French, from chlor- + alcool alcohol

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The first known use of chloral was in 1838

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“Chloral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chloral. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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chloral

noun
chlo·​ral | \ ˈklōr-əl, ˈklȯr- How to pronounce chloral (audio) \

Medical Definition of chloral

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

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