ethyl chloride

noun

: a colorless pungent flammable gaseous or volatile liquid C2H5Cl used especially as a topical anesthetic

Examples of ethyl chloride in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Outside the sports world, physicians sometimes use sprays like ethyl chloride to numb an injection site before inserting a needle. Angela Yang, NBC News, 2 Dec. 2022 Chloroethane is also known as ethyl chloride, a colorless, flammable gas typically used in gasoline additives and plastics that is also sometimes used as a recreational inhalant drug. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 12 Sep. 2022 Chloroethane, also known as ethyl chloride, is used as a solvent, refrigerant and local anesthetic, the IFS said in a statement. Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle, 30 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ethyl chloride was in 1860

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“Ethyl chloride.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ethyl%20chloride. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

ethyl chloride

noun
: a colorless pungent flammable gaseous or volatile liquid C2H5Cl used especially as a topical anesthetic

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