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 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 Women's Voices for the Earth, an environmental advocacy group, tested pads from the brand Always in 2014, and found the products released chemicals like styrene, chloroethane and chloroform. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "New York will require menstrual product packages to contain a list of all ingredients inside, making it the first state to have such a law," 11 Oct. 2019 And in 2018, DEQ confirmed nine separate accidental releases of chemicals — including hydrochloric acid, vinyl chloride, ethylene, chloroform, benzene and other toxic chemicals — during the previous 14 months. Mark Schleifstein, ProPublica, "I’ve Investigated Industrial Pollution for 35 Years. We’re Going Backwards.," 30 Oct. 2012 The property was used for industrial operations until 1987, and was contaminated with chloroform, heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and PCBs, according to a release announcing the grant. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Approval of long-awaited EPA brownfield cleanup funds 'a key turning point' for Waukegan's south lakefront," 6 June 2019 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

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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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13 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Chloroform.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chloroform. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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More Definitions for chloroform

chloroform

noun
How to pronounce chloroform (audio)

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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