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Source : Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

Chloroform \Chlo"ro*form\, n. [Chlorine + formyl, it having been
   regarded as a trichloride of this radical: cf. F.
   chloroforme, G. chloroform.] (Chem.)
   A colorless volatile liquid, {CHCl3}, having an ethereal odor
   and a sweetish taste, formed by treating alcohol with
   chlorine and an alkali. It is a powerful solvent of wax,
   resin, etc., and is extensively used to produce an[ae]sthesia
   in surgical operations; also externally, to alleviate pain.
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