chloroform

noun
chlo·​ro·​form | \ ˈklȯr-ə-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce chloroform (audio) \

Definition of chloroform

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

chloroform

verb
chloroformed; chloroforming; chloroforms

Definition of chloroform (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to treat with or as if with chloroform especially so as to produce anesthesia, insensibility, or death

Examples of chloroform in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sedated by chloroform, Manet felt no pain and may have been unaware of the loss of his limb. Colin B. Bailey, The New York Review of Books, "Suffering, Unfaltering Manet," 17 Nov. 2020 The 45-minute procedure, performed by the light from a lantern, was done with the help of Hill’s brother and another physician who gave the child chloroform as anesthesia. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, al, "Alabama doctor performed 1st successful heart surgery in 1902," 18 Nov. 2020 Dioxin, cadmium, benzene, lead, naphthalene, nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide, arsenic, furans, trichlorobenzene, chloroform, asbestos, mercury, phthalates: these are some of the by-products of papermaking. Kerri Arsenault, The New York Review of Books, "My Eighty-Six Jobs," 1 Sep. 2020 Anti-wireless activists are quick to point out that group 2B also includes such poisonous-sounding substances as chloroform and lead. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "Something in the Air," 14 May 2020 Some, such as chloroform, are already treated by most local water systems. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Tap water treated with chlorine may produce toxic carcinogens, study suggests," 3 Feb. 2020 There are some chemical disinfectants, including bleach, 75% ethanol, peracetic acid and chloroform, that may kill the virus on surfaces. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Coronavirus myths and misinformation, debunked," 4 Mar. 2020 The girl died of chloroform poisoning, according to autopsy results. Fox News, "Colorado man, an accused pedophile, dies after found unresponsive in jail cell, authorities say," 28 Dec. 2019 Merriman opted to go to nursing school, and specialized in anesthesia, which at the time consisted of chloroform and ether, and had jobs in hospitals in Fargo, N.D., and Spokane, Washington, before returning to Bismarck. Anne M. Hamilton, courant.com, "Extraordinary Life: After leaving North Dakota, Margaret Clapis Merriman became a force for good in Hartford," 20 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Donor insemination continued largely underground, sans chloroform, until the 1950s. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, "There's No Such Thing as Family Secrets in the Age of 23andMe," 30 July 2020

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First Known Use of chloroform

Noun

1838, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chloroform

Noun

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

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The first known use of chloroform was in 1838

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“Chloroform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chloroform. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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chloroform

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chloroform

: a colorless poisonous liquid

chloroform

noun
chlo·​ro·​form | \ ˈklȯr-ə-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce chloroform (audio) \

Kids Definition of chloroform

: a colorless heavy liquid used especially to dissolve fatty substances

chloroform

noun
chlo·​ro·​form | \ ˈklōr-ə-ˌfȯrm, ˈklȯr- How to pronounce chloroform (audio) \

Medical Definition of chloroform

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

called also trichloromethane

chloroform

transitive verb

Medical Definition of chloroform (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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