What does the word chloroform mean?
Chloroforme, Chloretheride, so called on account of the connexion of chlorine with formic acid, is a colourless, oleaginous liquid, of a sweetish ethereal odour, hot, aromatic, and peculiar taste. The specific gravity of that of the Ph. U. S. is 1. 49. It may be obtained by distilling from a mixture of chlorinated lime and alcohol, -rectifying the product by redistillation, first from a great excess of chlorinated lime, and afterwards from strong sulphuric acid. It has been used with advantage in asthma, and in diseases in which a grateful soothing agent is required. It has likewise been prescribed with great success as an anesthetic agent in spasmodic diseases and to obtund sensibility in surgical operations and in parturition, - especially in the way of inhalation; but its use requires caution. See Anaesthetic.
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