a compound with anesthetic properties but not used in clinical work because of the poor level of anesthesia induced, the prolonged recovery period and the inconvenience of having to prepare the solution, by mixing equal quantities of glucose and chloral hydrate, and heating, just before use. There are two isomers. Only the α-chloralose has anesthetic properties.
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Wildlife experts discovered the bird of prey, which hunted in the west Perthshire area, had been feeding off a bait laced with the deadly chemical alpha-chloralose, which is often used by gamekeepers.