from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A clear, colorless, dense, 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 Chloroform, once widely used in human and veterinary surgery, has generally been replaced by less toxic, more easily controlled agents.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 verb To treat with chloroform to anesthetize, render unconscious, or kill.
  • transitive verb To apply chloroform to.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem.) 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 verb To treat with chloroform, or to place under its influence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun chemistry A halogenated hydrocarbon, trichloromethane, CHCl3; it is a volatile, sweet-smelling liquid, used extensively as a solvent and formerly as an anesthetic.
  • verb To treat with chloroform, or to render unconscious with chloroform.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a volatile liquid haloform (CHCl3); formerly used as an anesthetic
  • verb anesthetize with chloroform


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[chloro– + form(yl).]

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From French chloroforme


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