paraldehyde

noun
par·​al·​de·​hyde | \ pa-ˈral-də-ˌhīd How to pronounce paraldehyde (audio) , pə- \

Definition of paraldehyde

: a colorless liquid polymer C6H12O3 derived from acetaldehyde and used especially as an anticonvulsant, sedative, and hypnotic

First Known Use of paraldehyde

1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Paraldehyde.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paraldehyde. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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paraldehyde

noun
par·​al·​de·​hyde | \ pa-ˈral-də-ˌhīd, pə- How to pronounce paraldehyde (audio) \

Medical Definition of paraldehyde

: a colorless liquid polymer C6H12O3 derived from acetaldehyde and used especially as an anticonvulsant, hypnotic, and sedative

called also paracetaldehyde

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