Definition of paraldehyde in English:


Syllabification: par·al·de·hyde
Pronunciation: /pəˈraldəˌhīd


  • A liquid made by treating acetaldehyde with acid, used medicinally as a sedative, hypnotic, and anticonvulsant.
    • A cyclic trimer of acetaldehyde; chemical formula: (CH3CHO)3
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    • Quinaldine can be made by reacting aniline, hydrochloric acid, and paraldehyde.
    • His first wife Vivienne had been prescribed Hoffman's anodyne and paraldehyde to treat her nervous condition, two anesthetics that exude a strong scent of ether.
    • A young woman had a fit, and all the paraldehyde and other Western intervention we tried would not stop it.

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