paraldehyde

noun
par·al·de·hyde | \ pa-ˈral-də-ˌhīd , 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

noun
par·al·de·hyde | \ pa-ˈral-də-ˌhīd, pə- \

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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