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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 ?
If I don't sleep at once, chloral, the modern Morpheus
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.
Following the last administration of distilled water or LPNS solution, the mice were anesthetized with chloral hydrate (300 mg/kg, i.
Equithesin, a commercial mixture of chloral hydrate, magnesium sulfate, and pentobarbital sodium, was also used on occasion but some "birds never woke up" with the use of this long-lasting barbiturate (Altman 2012, Spink 2013).
After 48 h, all rats were anesthetized with 10% chloral hydrate.
When University of Strasbourg graduate student Othmar Zeidler combined chloral hydrate with chlorobenzene in the presence of a sulfuric acid catalyst, he was not out to save millions of lives.
Toxicology reports showed high levels of drugs Nembutal and chloral hydrate in her bloodstream, and her death was ruled as a "probable suicide.
At different stages of maturity, random gametophyte samples of each culture were stained with chloral hydrate acetocarmine (Edwards and Miller, 1972).