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[hal-uh-theyn] /ˈhæl əˌθeɪn/
noun, Pharmacology
a colorless liquid, C 2 HBrClF 3 , used as an inhalant for general anesthesia.
Origin of halothane
1955-60; halo- + -thane, as in fluothane Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for halothane


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')
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
A colorless nonflammable liquid, C2HBrClF3, used as an inhalant anesthetic.
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