paraldehyde

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paraldehyde

 [pah-ral´dĕ-hīd]
a sedative and hypnotic; because of its low therapeutic index and certain unpleasant side effects, its use has declined in recent years.

par·al·de·hyde

(par-al'dĕ-hīd),
A cyclic polymer of acetaldehyde; a potent hypnotic and sedative, suitable for oral or rectal administration; its offensive odor limits its use.
Synonym(s): paracetaldehyde

paraldehyde

(pə-răl′də-hīd′)
n.
A colorless liquid polymer, C6H12O3, of acetaldehyde, used as a solvent and a sedative.

paraldehyde

[peral′dəhīd]
a clear, colorless, strong-smelling liquid obtained by the polymerization of acetaldehyde with a small amount of sulfuric acid. It is used as a solvent and may be administered orally, intravenously, intramuscularly, or rectally to induce hypnotic states or sedation.

par·al·de·hyde

(par-al'dĕ-hīd)
A cyclic polymer of acetaldehyde; a potent hypnotic and sedative, suitable for oral or rectal administration; its offensive odor limits its use.
Synonym(s): paracetaldehyde.

paraldehyde

A rapidly acting drug used by injection to control severe excitement, delirium, mania or convulsions.

paraldehyde

a sedative and hypnotic that has an unpleasant taste and imparts an unpleasant odor to the breath. Because of its low therapeutic index, it is now little used.