chloroform

noun
chlo·​ro·​form | \ˈklȯr-ə-ˌfȯrm \

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

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The soldier would be put to sleep with chloroform or ether. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Bones of Civil War dead found on a battlefield tell their horror stories," 20 June 2018 The soldier would be put to sleep with chloroform or ether. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Bones of Civil War dead found on a battlefield tell their horror stories," 20 June 2018 The soldier would be put to sleep with chloroform or ether. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Bones of Civil War dead found on a battlefield tell their horror stories," 20 June 2018 The soldier would be put to sleep with chloroform or ether. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Bones of Civil War dead found on a battlefield tell their horror stories," 20 June 2018 The soldier would be put to sleep with chloroform or ether. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Bones of Civil War dead found on a battlefield tell their horror stories," 20 June 2018 The former judge repeated his theory of what happened, citing evidence: Casey Anthony used chloroform as a babysitter to render the child unconscious. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Casey Anthony: Judge praises Jose Baez," 24 June 2018 The soldier would be put to sleep with chloroform or ether. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Bones of Civil War dead found on a battlefield tell their horror stories," 20 June 2018 The soldier would be put to sleep with chloroform or ether. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Bones of Civil War dead found on a battlefield tell their horror stories," 20 June 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chloroform

: a colorless poisonous liquid

chloroform

noun
chlo·​ro·​form | \ˈklȯr-ə-ˌfȯrm \

Kids Definition of chloroform

: a colorless heavy liquid used especially to dissolve fatty substances

chloroform

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

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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