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chloroform

noun chlo·ro·form \ ˈklȯr-ə-ˌfȯrm \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of chloroform

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

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Origin and Etymology of chloroform

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


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chloroform

verb

Definition of chloroform

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

First Known Use of chloroform

1848


CHLOROFORM Defined for English Language Learners

chloroform

noun

Definition of chloroform for English Language Learners

  • : a colorless poisonous liquid


CHLOROFORM Defined for Kids

chloroform

noun chlo·ro·form \ ˈklȯr-ə-ˌfȯrm \

Definition of chloroform for Students

: a colorless heavy liquid used especially to dissolve fatty substances

Medical Dictionary

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chloroform

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

medical Definition of chloroform

: 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

medical Definition of chloroform

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


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