formaldehyde

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noun form·al·de·hyde \fȯr-ˈmal-də-ˌhīd, fər-\

Definition of formaldehyde

  1. :  a colorless pungent irritating gas CH2O used chiefly in aqueous solution as a disinfectant and preservative and in chemical synthesis

Origin and Etymology of formaldehyde

International Scientific Vocabulary form- + aldehyde


First Known Use: 1872


FORMALDEHYDE Defined for English Language Learners

formaldehyde

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noun form·al·de·hyde \fȯr-ˈmal-də-ˌhīd, fər-\

Definition of formaldehyde for English Language Learners

  • chemistry : a chemical that is used to prevent decay in the dead bodies of people and animals


Medical Dictionary

formaldehyde

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noun form·al·de·hyde \fȯr-ˈmal-də-ˌhīd, fər-\

Medical Definition of formaldehyde

  1. :  a colorless pungent irritating gas CH2O used chiefly as a disinfectant and preservative and in chemical synthesis



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