chloral hydrate

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chloral

 [klor´al]
1. an oily liquid with a pungent, irritating odor; used in the manufacture of chloral hydrate and DDT.
chloral hydrate a sedative and hypnotic used primarily as an adjunct to anesthesia and for sedation of children before certain medical or dental procedures. It is now rarely used for management of insomnia. The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) guidelines for long-term care facilities discourages the use of chloral hydrate. The National Institutes of Health Consensus Conference on the Treatment of Sleep Disorders of Older People noted that hypnotic medications such as this should not be the mainstay of management of most causes of disturbed sleep.

chlo·ral hy·drate

a hypnotic and sedative; it is also used externally as a rubefacient, anesthetic, and antiseptic.

chloral hydrate

n.
A colorless crystalline compound, C2H3Cl3O2, used as a sedative and hypnotic drug and in the manufacture of DDT.

chlo·ral hy·drate

(klōrăl hīdrāt)
Hypnotic and sedative; it is also used externally as a rubefacient, anesthetic, and antiseptic.

chloral hydrate

A bitter substance used in solution as a sedative and hypnotic. The drug is on the WHO official list. A brand name is Welldorm elixir.

chlo·ral hy·drate

(klōrăl hīdrāt)
Hypnotic and sedative; also used externally as a rubefacient, anesthetic, and antiseptic.