formaldehyde

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

Definition of formaldehyde 

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

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Several studies have suggested the presence of formaldehyde, a dangerous chemical known to cause cancer in humans. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ban on e-cigarettes in Milwaukee takes effect -- what you need to know," 10 July 2018 Several studies have suggested the presence of formaldehyde, a dangerous chemical known to cause cancer in humans. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ban on e-cigarettes in Milwaukee takes effect -- what you need to know," 10 July 2018 Some of them heat up to 800 degrees and the flavors are made with propylene glycol, which can turn into formaldehyde when heated. Kathryn Tuggle, Good Housekeeping, "The Rise Of The "Personal Diffuser" Stick—Is Essential Oil Vaping Safe?," 19 Sep. 2017 Several studies have suggested the presence of formaldehyde, a dangerous chemical known to cause cancer in humans. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ban on e-cigarettes in Milwaukee takes effect -- what you need to know," 10 July 2018 Four salon keratin hair treatments are tested for formaldehyde. Good Housekeeping, "The History of the Good Housekeeping Institute," 31 Oct. 2015 The dangers of formaldehyde have long been known Formaldehyde is a colorless gas that’s used to make building materials like particleboard, plywood, and fiberboard — so it’s found in our houses and furniture. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Formaldehyde causes cancer. The EPA doesn’t want to acknowledge it.," 6 July 2018 As staff director for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in 2004, Wheeler worked to delay an earlier version of the EPA’s formaldehyde analysis – and went on to profitable career as chemical industry lobbyist. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The EPA Is Hiding Proof That a Widely Used Chemical Causes Leukemia: Report," 6 July 2018 Several studies have suggested the presence of formaldehyde, a dangerous chemical known to cause cancer in humans. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee bans e-cigarettes in public spaces," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of formaldehyde

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for formaldehyde

International Scientific Vocabulary form- + aldehyde

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formaldehyde

noun

English Language Learners Definition of formaldehyde

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

formaldehyde

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

Medical Definition of formaldehyde 

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

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