chloral(redirected from chloral hydrate, magnesium sulfate and pentobarbital sodium)
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1. an oily liquid with a pungent, irritating odor; used in the manufacture of chloral hydrate and DDT.
2. chloral hydrate.
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.
A thin oily liquid with a pungent odor, formed by the action of chlorine gas on alcohol.
Synonym(s): anhydrous chloral