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[puh-ral-duh-hahyd] /pəˈræl dəˌhaɪd/
noun, Chemistry, Pharmacology.
a colorless, liquid, cyclic compound, C 6 H 1 2 O 3 , having a disagreeable taste but an agreeable odor, produced by the polymerization of acetaldehyde with sulfuric acid: used chiefly in the manufacture of organic chemicals and in medicine as a sedative and hypnotic.
Also called paracetaldehyde.
Origin of paraldehyde
1855-60; par- + aldehyde Unabridged
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a colourless liquid substance that is a cyclic trimer of acetaldehyde: used in making dyestuffs and as a hypnotic and anticonvulsant drug. Formula: (C2H4O)3
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paraldehyde in Medicine

paraldehyde par·al·de·hyde (pə-rāl'də-hīd')
A potent hypnotic and sedative suitable for oral, rectal, intravenous, and intramuscular administration. Also called paracetaldehyde.

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