• WordNet 3.6
    • v chloroform anesthetize with chloroform "Doctors used to put people under by chloroforming them"
    • n chloroform a volatile liquid haloform (CHCl3); formerly used as an anesthetic "chloroform was the first inhalation anesthetic"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chloroform (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.
    • v. t Chloroform To treat with chloroform, or to place under its influence.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chloroform Trichlormethane, or formyl trichlorid (CHCl3); a volatile colorless liquid, of an agreeable sweetish taste and fragrant smell, and having the specific gravity 1.48. It is prepared by cautiously distilling together a mixture of alcohol, water, and chlorid of lime or bleaching-powder. Its chief use is in medicine as an anesthetic in diseases attended with great pain, in surgical operations, and in childbirth. For this purpose its vapor is inhaled. The inhalation of chloroform first produces slight intoxication; then, frequently, slight muscular contractions, unruliness, and dreaming; then loss of voluntary motion, consciousness, and sensibility, the patient appearing as if sound asleep; and at last, if too much is given, death by failure of the heart or respiration. When skilfully administered, in proper cases, it is a safe anesthetic. Chloroform is slightly inferior to ether in point of safety, but is quicker in its action and not so apt to produce vomiting, so that for certain cases it is preferred. It is a powerful solvent, dissolving resins, wax, iodine, etc., as well as strychnine and other alkaloids.
    • chloroform To subject to the influence of chloroform; administer chloroform to, for the purpose of inducing anæsthesia, unconsciousness, or death.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Chloroform a limpid, mobile, colourless, volatile liquid, with a characteristic odour and a strong sweetish taste, used to induce insensibility
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  • Robert Chambers
    Robert Chambers
    “Books are the blessed chloroform of the mind.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chlor,ine + form,yl, it having been regarded as a trichloride of this radical: cf. F. chloroforme, G. chloroform,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. chlōros, pale-green.


In literature:

I'll give you a few whiffs of chloroform, so you won't notice anything.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock
Let us vigilantly resist all teachings which would chloroform the conscience.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
Chloroform or chloral hydrate, 3 drams, may be substituted if more convenient.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Only such eyes as have high hypertony, for example, in absolute glaucoma, are unaffected during chloroform narcosis.
"Glaucoma" by Various
With the new decade chloroform was invented, in 1831, being first used as a medicine, not as an anaesthetic.
"History of the United States, Volume 3 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Chloroform by Sawbones out of sister to Castinette.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
If you ask me, Isa, I don't believe there was any chloroform within a day's ride of Laramie on Sunday evening.
"Kiddie the Scout" by Robert Leighton
Chloroform first used, III.
"History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
On the mantel a phial of chloroform, which was also not there before.
"Waring's Peril" by Charles King
They would have detected the smell of chloroform.
"The Lost Despatch" by Natalie Sumner Lincoln

In poetry:

And he says to me, "If a way there be
To murder a whale in a storm —
It's to bandage his eyes and smother his cries
With a bottle o' chloroform."
"What Ho! She Blows!" by Wallace Irwin

In news:

As predicted, the temperature at which the buckyballs turned superconducting dropped to minus 315 degrees for a crystal of chloroform and buckyballs and to minus 249 degrees when bromoform was used.
Cocaine for Sore Throats, Chloroform for Asthma, and Kerosene for Croup: Medical Advice From 1910.
Casey Anthony trial's new twist: Mother says she searched for ' chloroform '.
The prosecution in the Casey Anthony trial had argued Casey sought information on chloroform before using it to drug her daughter.
But Cindy Anthony said she searched for chloroform on the family computer.
Internet searches for ' chloroform ' take center stage.
Prosecutors sought to tie Internet searches for ' chloroform ' on the family computer to their theory that Casey Anthony subdued her daughter with chloroform before killing her.
A teacher at Livingston High School was arrested Monday morning after police say she allegedly helped students ingest chloroform .
Chloroform for tort reform.
CHLOROFORM AND CANCER EPA position on water contaminant could affect other chemicals.
Cocaine for Sore Throats, Chloroform for Asthma, and Kerosene for Croup : Medical Advice From 1910.
As if we did not have enough to think about these days…now the World Health Organization (or WHO) is saying cell phones can produce cancer at the same level as the threat posed by lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.
Now we can understand lead, or engine exhaust, but chloroform.
The file also had the woman's birth date and other personal information and a list of "materials needed" - a car, chloroform and rope.
Chloroform is a psychopath's best friend in Sleep Tight , though having unfettered access to the home of one's target doesn't hurt, either.

In science:

Zhang for the loan of the chloroform sample.
Experimental Implementation of the Quantum Random-Walk Algorithm
The proton spins of unlabeled chloroform were chosen as the single qubits. A sample was made from a 0.3% aqueous solution of unlabeled chloroform dissolved in d6acetone.
Randomized benchmarking of single and multi-qubit control in liquid-state NMR quantum information processing
A three qubit molecule was made from a sample of selectively labelled 13C tris(trimethylsilyl)silane-acetylene dissolved in deuterated chloroform .
Randomized benchmarking of single and multi-qubit control in liquid-state NMR quantum information processing
To picture the nanowires, a membrane with the nanowires used in the measurements was dissolved in chloroform, and the nanowires were deposited on holey carbon TEM grids.
Template nanowires for spintronics applications: nanomagnet microwave resonators functioning in zero applied magnetic field
The TPB coating was applied by means of a bath in a solution of TPB, polystyrene and chloroform .
A prototype liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber for the study of UV laser multi-photonic ionization