paraform

paraformaldehyde

[par-uh-fawr-mal-duh-hahyd, -fer-]
noun Chemistry.
a white, crystalline polymer of formaldehyde, (HCOH) n , from which it is obtained by evaporation of the aqueous solution: used chiefly as an antiseptic.
Also called paraform [par-uh-fawrm] .


Origin:
1930–35; para-1 + formaldehyde

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paraformaldehyde or paraform (ˌpærəfɔːˈmældɪˌhaɪd)
 
n
a white amorphous solid polymeric form of formaldehyde: used as a convenient source of formaldehyde and as a fumigant. Formula: (CH2O)n, where n lies between 6 and 50
 
paraform or paraform
 
n

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