from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A clear, colorless, heavy, sweet-smelling liquid, CHCl3, used in refrigerants, propellants, and resins, as a solvent, and sometimes as an anesthetic. Chloroform, once widely used in human and veterinary surgery, has generally been replaced by less toxic, more easily controlled agents.
- transitive v. To treat with chloroform to anesthetize, render unconscious, or kill.
- transitive v. To apply chloroform to.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A halogenated hydrocarbon, trichloromethane, CHCl3; it is a volatile, sweet-smelling liquid, used extensively as a solvent and formerly as an anesthetic.
- v. To treat with chloroform, or to render unconscious with chloroform.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A colorless volatile liquid, CHCl3, having an ethereal odor and a sweetish taste, formed by treating alcohol with chlorine and an alkali. It is a powerful solvent of wax, resin, etc., and is extensively used to produce anæsthesia in surgical operations; also externally, to alleviate pain.
- transitive v. To treat with chloroform, or to place under its influence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Trichlormethane, or formyl trichlorid (CHCl3); a volatile colorless liquid, of an agreeable sweetish taste and fragrant smell, and having the specific gravity 1.48.
- To subject to the influence of chloroform; administer chloroform to, for the purpose of inducing anæsthesia, unconsciousness, or death.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a volatile liquid haloform (CHCl3); formerly used as an anesthetic
- v. anesthetize with chloroform
chloro- + form(yl).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French chloroforme (Wiktionary)