chloral

noun chlo·ral \ ˈklȯr-əl \

Definition of chloral

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

Origin and Etymology of chloral

French, from chlor- + alcool alcohol


Medical Dictionary

chloral

noun chlo·ral \ ˈklōr-əl, ˈklȯr- \

medical Definition of chloral

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

Learn More about chloral


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up chloral? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a figure representing a hated person

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a-closeup-of-a-sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!