Meaning of chloroform


Pronunciation: (klôr'u-fôrm", klōr'-), [key]
— n.
  1. Also calleda colorless, volatile, nonflammable, slightly water-soluble, pungent, sweet-tasting liquid, CHCl, usually derived from acetone, acetaldehyde, or ethyl alcohol by the reaction of chloride of lime: used chiefly in medicine as a solvent and formerly as an anesthetic.
  1. to administer chloroform to, esp. in order to anesthetize, make unconscious, or kill.
  2. to put chloroform on (a cloth, object, etc.).
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