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A colorless, mobile, oily aldehyde, C2HCl3O, a penetrating lung irritant, used to manufacture DDT and chloral hydrate.


1. (Elements & Compounds) a colourless oily liquid with a pungent odour, made from chlorine and acetaldehyde and used in preparing chloral hydrate and DDT; trichloroacetaldehyde
2. (Elements & Compounds) short for chloral hydrate


(ˈklɔr əl, ˈkloʊr-)

1. a colorless liquid, C2Cl3HO, used in making chloral hydrate and DDT.
2. Also called chlo′ral hy′drate. a white crystalline solid, C2H3Cl3O2, used as a hypnotic.
[< French (1831) = chlore chlorine + al(cool) alcohol; compare -al3]


[ˈklɔːrəl] Ncloral m
References in classic literature ?
Send your husband to the nearest chemist as soon as it's dawn; send him for chloral, chloroform, morphia, anything they've got and as much of it as they'll let him have.
Westmacott had been left sleeping peacefully with a small chloral draught to steady her nerves and a handkerchief soaked in arnica bound round her head.
He gradually grew more morbid, and became a rather pitiful victim of insomnia, the drug chloral, and spiritualistic delusions about his wife.
If I don't sleep at once, chloral, the modern Morpheus
Briefly, rats were treated with 10% chloral hydrate (300 mg/kg, ip) to induce anesthesia.
In both irradiation and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, all animal experiment procedures were performed under general anesthesia using 10% chloral hydrate anesthesia (Sinopharm Chemical Reagent Co.
For this purpose, intranasal midazolam-sufentanil and ketamine-midazolam combinations, oral midazolam, chloral hydrate, ketamine, and propofol are used in paediatric dental treatment.
Summary: The polymer films under investigation include poly (vinyl alcohol) in a combination with mixture of two dyes, namely, 2,6-dichlorophenol indophenol sodium salt (DCP), and tetrabromophenol blue (TBPB) as pH indicator in presence of various chloral hydrate concentrations.
11) In brief, the animals were anesthetized with chloral hydrate (360 mg/kg, i.
One of these occurred during a standard brain MRI with the use of chloral hydrate in a patient classified as ASA II; the second event occurred during contrast-enhanced brain MRI in an ASA I patient who received lidocaine, midazolam, ketamine and propofol.
The records contain little information on physical treatment except for the use of such general sedatives as potassium bromide or chloral hydrate.
Chloral hydrate was used for 18 patients, alone (12 patients) or in combination with ketamine (6 patients).