Definition of formaldehyde
: a colorless pungent irritating gas CH2O used chiefly in aqueous solution as a disinfectant and preservative and in chemical synthesis
Recent Examples of formaldehyde from the Web
One factory preserved its mango in formaldehyde, another tried to stem the fruit’s decay by sealing it in wax before placing it on an altar so that factory workers could solemnly file by to pay their respects to this token from on high.
The dancer, Linda Kay, kept the hand in a jar of formaldehyde in her bedroom.
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Origin and Etymology of formaldehyde
International Scientific Vocabulary form- + aldehyde
First Known Use: 1872See Words from the same year
FORMALDEHYDE Defined for English Language Learners
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 Definition of formaldehyde
: a colorless pungent irritating gas CH2O used chiefly as a disinfectant and preservative and in chemical synthesis
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