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 The documentary showed how, in 1978, Jeffrey Rignall was lured into Gacy’s car where he was hit in the face with a rag soaked in chloroform. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, 21 Apr. 2022 As part of the process to capture HFC-23, about 1,600 pounds a year of chloroform, hydrochloric acid, chlorine and hydrogen fluoride, all hazardous air pollutants, could be emitted into neighborhoods around its Louisville facility. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 24 Nov. 2021 While Queen Victoria swears by chloroform, Mama Dickinson insists Sue needs no drugs. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 5 Nov. 2021 Soldiers on the operating table were sedated by chloroform, which worked well, Zervos said. Carole Carlson, chicagotribune.com, 28 Sep. 2021 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. Rosemary Mcclure, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 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. Rosemary Mcclure, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 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. Rosemary Mcclure, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 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. Rosemary Mcclure, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Donor insemination continued largely underground, sans chloroform, until the 1950s. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, 30 July 2020 See More

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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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More Definitions for chloroform

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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