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
Friedrich turned to an aggressive disinfection campaign, mobilizing students from the city's three medical schools to go to all the victims' houses and neighborhoods, spraying down everything with formaldehyde.
The flight attendant union’s test results show detectable levels of formaldehyde, cadmium, chromium and other chemicals commonly used in pesticides and detergents.
On top of that, they were formulated by dermatologist, nail specialist, and fellow girl boss, Dr. Dana Stern, without damaging chemicals such as formaldehyde that are so often found in competing polishes.
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.
EWG recently released a report that finds roughly three-quarters of products marketed specifically to black women contain high quantities of hazardous and toxic chemicals such as parabens and formaldehyde.
To comply with U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines for formaldehyde levels, which are as low as two parts per million, schools install expensive ventilation systems.
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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