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paraformaldehyde

[par-uh-fawr-mal-duh-hahyd, -fer-] /ˌpær ə fɔrˈmæl dəˌhaɪd, -fər-/
noun, Chemistry
1.
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] /ˈpær əˌfɔrm/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; para-1 + formaldehyde
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British Dictionary definitions for paraformaldehyde

paraformaldehyde

/ˌpærəfɔːˈmældɪˌhaɪd/
noun
1.
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
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