Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The habit or practice of using chloral.
- n. A diseased state of the system marked by varying symptoms arising from the incautious or habitual use of chloral. In extreme cases it is marked by moral degradation similar to that which characterizes alcoholism.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A morbid condition of the system resulting from excessive use of chloral.
- chloral + -ism (Wiktionary)
“Indeed, the last mentioned of these two drugs obtains over the mind a power which may be compared to that of opium, and is, moreover, liable to occasion the disease known as chloralism, by which the system ultimately becomes a complete wreck.”
“In this semi-unconscious state of chloralism it is not unusual for circumstantial and _bizarre_ visions to present themselves -- more especially to individuals unaccustomed to the use of the drug.”
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