chlo·​ro·​pic·​rin | \ ˌklȯr-ə-ˈpi-krən How to pronounce chloropicrin (audio) \

Definition of chloropicrin

: a colorless liquid CCl3NO2 that causes tears and vomiting and is used especially as a soil fumigant

Examples of chloropicrin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection website says the plant had several owners from 1967 through 2000 and produced chlorine, sodium hydroxide, chlorine bleach, hydrochloric acid and the pesticide chloropicrin. Washington Post, "Firm drawing up options for mercury cleanup on Maine river," 1 Sep. 2017 Historically, chloropicrin has been found most effective when used in combination with methyl bromide, which has been found to be extremely harmful to the ozone layer. Mike Sager, Esquire, "Growing Almonds in the Desert," 25 Feb. 2015

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First Known Use of chloropicrin

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chloropicrin

German Chlorpikrin, from chlor- + Greek pikros sharp — more at paint

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The first known use of chloropicrin was circa 1889

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“Chloropicrin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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chlo·​ro·​pic·​rin | \ ˌklōr-ə-ˈpik-rən, ˌklȯr- How to pronounce chloropicrin (audio) \

Medical Definition of chloropicrin

: a heavy colorless liquid CCl3NO2 that causes tears and vomiting and is used especially as a soil fumigant

called also nitrochloroform

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