chloroform

[klawr-uh-fawrm, klohr-]
noun
1.
Also called trichloromethane. Chemistry, Pharmacology. a colorless, volatile, nonflammable, slightly water-soluble, pungent, sweet-tasting liquid, CHCl 3 , usually derived from acetone, acetaldehyde, or ethyl alcohol by the reaction of chloride of lime: used chiefly in medicine as a solvent and formerly as an anesthetic.
verb (used with object)
2.
to administer chloroform to, especially in order to anesthetize, make unconscious, or kill.
3.
to put chloroform on (a cloth, object, etc.).

Origin:
1830–40; chloro-2 + form(yl)

chloroformic, adjective
prechloroform, verb (used with object)
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chloroform (ˈklɔːrəˌfɔːm)
 
n
Systematic name: trichloromethane a heavy volatile liquid with a sweet taste and odour, used as a solvent and cleansing agent and in refrigerants: formerly used as an inhalation anaesthetic. Formula: CHCl3
 
[C19: from chloro- + form(yl) (in an obsolete sense that applied to a CH radical)]

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chloroform
1838, from Fr. chloroforme, coined in 1834 by Jean-Baptiste Dumas (1800-84) from chlor- "chlorine" + formique "formic (acid)."
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chloroform chlo·ro·form (klôr'ə-fôrm')
n.
A clear, colorless, heavy, sweet-smelling liquid used sometimes as a general anesthetic; it has generally been replaced by less toxic, more easily controlled agents.

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chloroform   (klôr'ə-fôrm')  Pronunciation Key 
A colorless, toxic, sweet-tasting liquid formed by combining methane with chlorine. It is used as a solvent and was once widely used as an anesthetic. Chemical formula: CHCl3.
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Example sentences for chloroform
The use of chloroform during surgery expanded rapidly thereafter in europe.
The haloform process is obsolete for the production of ordinary chloroform.
The effect of chloroform on reproduction in humans is unknown.
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