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1. An organic compound or functional group containing a chlorine atom and a hydroxyl group on adjacent carbon atoms.
2. A colorless, dense, sweet-smelling, toxic liquid, C3H7ClO2, used as an antifreeze for dynamite and as a sterilant for rodents.


1. (Elements & Compounds) any of a class of organic compounds containing a hydroxyl group and a chlorine atom
2. (Elements & Compounds) a colourless unstable hygroscopic liquid that is used mainly as a solvent; 3-chloropropane-1,2-diol. Formula: CH2OHCHOHCH2Cl
[C20: from chloro- + hydro- + -in]


(ˌklɔr əˈhaɪ drɪn, ˌkloʊr-)

any of a class of organic chemical compounds containing a chlorine atom and a hydroxyl group, usu. on adjacent carbon atoms.
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Enzyme Class Products Acylases (Codex(TM) Acylase) Chiral amines or alcohols via resolution of amides or esters Ene reductases (Codex(TM) ERED) alpha and/or beta chiral ketones, esters and nitriles Transaminases (Codex(TM) TA) Chiral amines Halohydrin dehalogenases (Codex(TM) HHDH) Chiral halohydrins, cyanohydrins, amino alcohols, epoxides, diols
Photochemical conversion of halohydrins to ketones via oxidative decomposition and rearrangement has also been reported earlier (Piva, 1992).
The main aim of the work reported in this paper is to know the process of formation of halohydrins which leads to epoxy resins formation.