Definition of chloral hydrate in English:

chloral hydrate


mass nounChemistry
  • A colourless crystalline solid made from chloral and used as a sedative.

    Chemical formula: CCl₃CH(OH)₂

    • ‘The two most commonly used sedatives were chloral hydrate and chloral hydrate plus hydroxyzine.’
    • ‘Andrew had filled the syringe with chloral hydrate, a powerful sedative, and had positioned himself at Aridene's side.’
    • ‘Seventy-six infants, of a mean gestational age 26.4 weeks, were studied after sedation with chloral hydrate at between 11 and 14 months of age, corrected for prematurity.’
    • ‘The primary active metabolite, trichloroethanol, may have more sedative activity than chloral hydrate.’
    • ‘Sedative drugs such as diazepam or chloral hydrate have been given rectally or orally to ease pain and anxiety, but these medications have a slow onset and variable effects.’