Definitions

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 Chloroform, once widely used in human and veterinary surgery, has generally been replaced by less toxic, more easily controlled agents.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

  • To subject to the influence of chloroform; administer chloroform to, for the purpose of inducing anæsthesia, unconsciousness, or death.
  • 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.

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

Etymologies

chloro- + form(yl).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French chloroforme (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • According to Mr. Bradley, chief software developer of CacheBack, used by the police to verify the computer searches, the term "chloroform" was searched once through Google.

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  • In it, Bradley said the prosecution's claim that Anthony had conducted extensive searches for the word "chloroform" had been based on inaccurate data.

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  • But I have never heard the word chloroform except on the television, but you ` re jumping to the conclusion that it was her that had the chloroform and that it was her that ...

    CNN Transcript Sep 3, 2008

  • And really, these are not optimal specimens for looking for chloroform, which is a volatile substance, meaning that it quickly dissipates into the air.

    CNN Transcript Jun 19, 2009

  • PADILLA: Well, I didn ` t say that the chloroform was her search.

    CNN Transcript Dec 5, 2008

  • He said that Lucy had had a son two hours ago; he had been ringing up relatives ever since; she was perfectly well; the first thing she had asked for when she came round from the chloroform was a cigarette.

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  • Butenandt started with male urine, or alternatively its chloroform extract - approximately 0.8 per thousand dissolved in chloroform.

    Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1939 - Presentation Speech

  • And similarly, we recognize quite simply bromine in chloroform.

    Jean Baptiste Perrin - Nobel Lecture

  • The chloroform, which is now free from alcohol and contains all the fusel oil, is treated with a solution of 5 grammes of potassium bichromate in 30 grammes of water and 2 grammes of sulphuric acid, and then heated in a closed flask for six hours on a water bath at 85°.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 365, December 30, 1882

  • These days many claim to remove contaminants like lead and chloroform, which is a surrogate for pesticides and other harmful organic compounds.

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