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[klawr-uh-pik-rin, -pahy-krin, klohr-] /ˌklɔr əˈpɪk rɪn, -ˈpaɪ krɪn, ˌkloʊr-/
noun, Chemistry, Military
a colorless, somewhat oily, water-insoluble, poisonous liquid, CCl 3 NO 2 , that causes lachrymation and headache: used as an insecticide, a fungicide, in organic synthesis, and as a war gas.
Also, chlorpicrin.
Also called nitrochloroform.
1885-90; chloro-2 + picr(ic acid) + -in2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chloropicrin
  • Current chloropicrin labels are not restrictive to use.
  • chloropicrin is used for fumigation, to sterilize soil and seed.
British Dictionary definitions for chloropicrin


a colourless insoluble toxic lachrymatory liquid used as a pesticide and a tear gas; nitrotrichloromethane. Formula: CCl3NO2
Word Origin
C20: from chloro- + picro- + -in
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Encyclopedia Article for chloropicrin

toxic organic compound used alone or in combination with methyl bromide as a soil fumigant and fungicide. Chloropicrin has a boiling point of 112 C (234 F). Its vapours are irritating to the skin, eyes, and upper respiratory tract, and it has been used in chemical warfare and as a tear gas. Chloropicrin is typically prepared by chlorination of either picric acid or nitromethane.

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