chlo·​ral ˈklȯr-əl How to pronounce chloral (audio)
: a pungent colorless oily aldehyde CCl3CHO used in making DDT and chloral hydrate

Examples of chloral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In poor health and afflicted with chronic insomnia, Waugh took nightly sleeping draughts of bromide and chloral, washed down with crème de menthe. Christopher Buckley, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2022

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Word History


French, from chlor- + alcool alcohol

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chloral was in 1838

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“Chloral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


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

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