- a thin, oily, colorless liquid, CClCHO, with a pungent odor, prepared by the action of chlorine on alcohol: used in the manufacture of DDT
- chloral hydrate
Origin of chloralchlor(o)- + al(cohol)
A colorless, mobile, oily aldehyde, C2HCl3O, a penetrating lung irritant, used to manufacture DDT and chloral hydrate.
Origin of chloralchlor(ine) al(cohol)
Contracted from chlor(ine) and al(cohol)