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chloral

[klawr-uh l, klohr-] /ˈklɔr əl, ˈkloʊr-/
noun
1.
Also called trichloroacetaldehyde, trichloroacetic acid aldehyde. a colorless, oily liquid, C 2 Cl 3 HO, having a pungent odor, usually derived by the chlorination of ethyl alcohol or of acetaldehyde and combining with water to form chloral hydrate.
2.
Also called chloral hydrate. Pharmacology. a white, crystalline solid, C 2 H 3 Cl 3 O 2 , formed by combining liquid chloral with water: used as a hypnotic.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; chlor-2 + -al3
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British Dictionary definitions for chloral-hydrate

chloral

/ˈklɔːrəl/
noun
1.
a colourless oily liquid with a pungent odour, made from chlorine and acetaldehyde and used in preparing chloral hydrate and DDT; trichloroacetaldehyde
2.
short for chloral hydrate
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Word Origin and History for chloral-hydrate

chloral

n.

colorless liquid formed by the action of chlorine on alcohol, apparently coined by German chemist Justus von Liebig in 1833 from elements from chlorine + alcohol. Later chiefly in chloral hydrate (1874).

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