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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Origin and Etymology of formaldehyde

International Scientific Vocabulary form- + aldehyde


FORMALDEHYDE Defined for English Language Learners

formaldehyde

noun

Definition of formaldehyde for English Language Learners

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


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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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