ethyl chloride

noun

Definition of ethyl chloride 

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

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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, "Medical examiner: Councilman Larry Green died of accidental drug overdose," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ethyl chloride

1860, in the meaning defined above

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ethyl chloride

noun

Medical Definition of ethyl chloride 

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

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