from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as paraformaldehyde.
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( "The mayor can't have a paramour if he can't paraform," the comedian Jackie Mason, a Giuliani friend, explained to the New York Post.)
The lamps used for disinfection with paraform are very simple in construction, but as the evolution of the gas is very uncertain, this method is used only for small places, and it demands two ounces of paraform for every 1,000 cubic feet of space, with an exposure of twelve hours.
Formaldehyde is evolved either from paraform or from the liquid formalin; formerly it was also obtained by the action of wood-alcohol vapor upon red-hot platinum.