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chloroform

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noun chlo·ro·form \ˈklȯr-ə-ˌfȯrm\

Definition of chloroform

  1. :  a colorless volatile heavy toxic liquid CHCl3 with an ether odor used especially as a solvent

Origin and Etymology of chloroform

French chloroforme, from chlor- + formyle formyl; from its having been regarded as a trichloride of this group


First Known Use: 1838


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chloroform

verb chlo·ro·form

Definition of chloroform

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to treat with or as if with chloroform especially so as to produce anesthesia, insensibility, or death

1848

First Known Use of chloroform

1848


CHLOROFORM Defined for English Language Learners

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chloroform

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noun chlo·ro·form \ˈklȯr-ə-ˌfȯrm\

Definition of chloroform for English Language Learners

  • : a colorless poisonous liquid


CHLOROFORM Defined for Kids

chloroform

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noun chlo·ro·form \ˈklȯr-ə-ˌfȯrm\

Definition of chloroform for Students

  1. :  a colorless heavy liquid used especially to dissolve fatty substances


Medical Dictionary

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chloroform

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noun chlo·ro·form \ˈklōr-ə-ˌfȯrm, ˈklȯr-\

Medical Definition of chloroform

  1. :  a colorless volatile heavy toxic liquid CHCl3 with an ether odor used especially as a solvent—called also trichloromethane


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chloroform

transitive verb chlo·ro·form

Medical Definition of chloroform

  1. :  to treat with chloroform especially so as to produce anesthesia or death



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