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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [klawr-uh l, klohr-]
    • /ˈklɔr əl, ˈkloʊr-/
    • /ˈklɔːrəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klawr-uh l, klohr-]
    • /ˈklɔr əl, ˈkloʊr-/

Definitions of chloral word

  • noun chloral a colourless oily liquid with a pungent odour, made from chlorine and acetaldehyde and used in preparing chloral hydrate and DDT; trichloroacetaldehyde 3
  • noun chloral a thin, oily, colorless liquid, CCl3CHO, with a pungent odor, prepared by the action of chlorine on alcohol: used in the manufacture of DDT 3
  • noun chloral chloral hydrate 3
  • noun chloral Also called trichloroacetaldehyde, trichloroacetic acid aldehyde. a colorless, oily liquid, C 2 Cl 3 HO, having a pungent odor, usually derived by the chlorination of ethyl alcohol or of acetaldehyde and combining with water to form chloral hydrate. 1
  • noun chloral Also called chloral hydrate. Pharmacology. a white, crystalline solid, C 2 H 3 Cl 3 O 2 , formed by combining liquid chloral with water: used as a hypnotic. 1
  • noun chloral A colorless, viscous liquid made by chlorinating acetaldehyde. 1

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Origin of chloral

First appearance:

before 1825
One of the 37% newest English words
First recorded in 1825-35; chlor-2 + -al3

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Parts of speech for Chloral


chloral popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 78% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
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