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halothane

[hal-uh-theyn] /ˈhæl əˌθeɪn/
noun, Pharmacology
1.
a colorless liquid, C 2 HBrClF 3 , used as an inhalant for general anesthesia.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; halo- + -thane, as in fluothane
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  • First they bubbled the anesthetic gas halothane into four jars of goldfish.
British Dictionary definitions for halothane

halothane

/ˈhæləʊˌθeɪn/
noun
1.
a colourless volatile slightly soluble liquid with an odour resembling that of chloroform; 2-bromo-2-chloro-1,1,1-trifluoroethane: a general anaesthetic. Formula: CF3CHBrCl
Word Origin
C20: from halo- + -thane, as in methane
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halothane in Medicine

halothane hal·o·thane (hāl'ə-thān')
n.
A colorless, nonflammable liquid that is widely used as an inhalation anesthetic and that takes effect rapidly and can be rapidly counteracted.

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halothane in Science
halothane
  (hāl'ə-thān')   
A colorless nonflammable liquid, C2HBrClF3, used as an inhalant anesthetic.
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Encyclopedia Article for halothane

fluothane

nonflammable, volatile, liquid drug introduced into medicine in the 1950s and used as a general anesthetic. Halothane rapidly achieved acceptance and became the most frequently used of the potent anesthetics, despite its substantially higher cost than ether and chloroform and its tendency to depress respiration and circulation. Its vapours are not nauseating or irritating to mucous membranes.

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