variants or dichlorhydrin
: either of two liquid compounds C3H6Cl2O made by the action of hydrochloric acid on glycerol or of hypochlorous acid on allyl chloride, distinguished as alpha- or alpha-gamma-dichlorohydrin CH2ClCHOHCH2Cl and beta- or alpha-beta dichlorohydrin CH2ClCH2ClCH2OH, and used chiefly in organic synthesis and as solvents

Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary dichlor- + -hydrin

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“Dichlorohydrin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dichlorohydrin. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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