Definition of chloroform in English:

chloroform

Line breaks: chloro|form
Pronunciation: /ˈklɔːrəfɔːm
 
, ˈklɒr-/

noun

[mass noun]
  • A colourless, volatile, sweet-smelling liquid used as a solvent and formerly as a general anaesthetic.
    • Chemical formula: CHCl3
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    • The methanol extract was evaporated and partitioned with n-hexane, benzene, trichloromethane, ethyl acetate and n-butanol, consecutively.
    • In a first step, the two lipids were dissolved in chloroform and the solvent evaporated under vacuum overnight.
    • These chemicals were mostly chlorinated solvents such as chloroform.

verb

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  • Make (someone) unconscious with chloroform: they terrorized residents, often chloroforming their victims
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    • Somebody sneaks in and chloroforms you, or sprays knock-out gas under your door, and while you are comatose and unresisting, your worldly goods are stripped.
    • Nothing to report for today, because it's a day of duty - I work at home on Mondays, and since this means chloroforming the baby and locking the dog in the garage, there are no heartwarming tales.
    • He chloroformed me’ she continued, and her eyes widened in comprehension as Jackson shot her a furtive glance, then glanced over at the nurse, who was listening to the exchange with interest.

Origin

mid 19th century: from chloro- (representing chlorine) + form- from formic acid.

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