from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A colorless crystalline compound, CCl3CH(OH)2, used medicinally as a sedative and hypnotic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a chemical substance (CCl3.CH(OH)2) which is a hydrate of trichloroacetaldehyde. It crystallizes as white monoclinic plates, obtained by treating chloral with water. It produces sleep when taken internally or hypodermically, and is used in medicine as a hypnotic and sedative; -- called also chloral
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a colorless crystalline drug used as a sedative; irritates the stomach and can be addictive
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