chloral hydrate

noun

: a bitter white crystalline drug C2H3Cl3O2 used as a hypnotic and sedative or in knockout drops

Examples of chloral hydrate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If administered with alcohol, chloral hydrate is the active ingredient of what was then commonly called a 'Mickey Finn'—knockout drops. Town & Country, 28 July 2023 Bleeding and mercury have had their day; cod liver oil and chloral hydrate are already on the wane; alcohol and bullock's blood are now in vogue among the Parisians—the former for fevers and all inflammatory affections, and the latter for anaemia and pulmonary phthisis. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2022 The toxicologist determined that Monroe ingested a lethal dose of Nembutal, a drug that is used to treat anxiety, as well as a large dose of chloral hydrate, a drug used as a sedative. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 28 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chloral hydrate was in 1874

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“Chloral hydrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chloral%20hydrate. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

chloral hydrate

noun
: a bitter white crystalline drug C2H3Cl3O2 used as a hypnotic and sedative or in knockout drops

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