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[puh-ral-duh-hahyd] /pəˈræl dəˌhaɪd/

noun, Chemistry, Pharmacology.
a colorless, liquid, cyclic compound, C 6 H 1 2 O 3 , having a disagreeable taste but an agreeable odor, produced by the polymerization of acetaldehyde with sulfuric acid: used chiefly in the manufacture of organic chemicals and in medicine as a sedative and hypnotic.
a colourless liquid substance that is a cyclic trimer of acetaldehyde: used in making dyestuffs and as a hypnotic and anticonvulsant drug. Formula: (C2H4O)3

paraldehyde par·al·de·hyde (pə-rāl’də-hīd’)
A potent hypnotic and sedative suitable for oral, rectal, intravenous, and intramuscular administration. Also called paracetaldehyde.


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