Pronunciation: (klôr'u-fôrm", klōr'-),[key] —n. Also called trichloromethane.Chem.,Pharm.a colorless, volatile, nonflammable, slightly water-soluble, pungent, sweet-tasting liquid, CHCl3, usually derived from acetone, acetaldehyde, or ethyl alcohol by the reaction of chloride of lime: used chiefly in medicine as a solvent and formerly as an anesthetic.
—v.t. 1. to administer chloroform to, esp. in order to anesthetize, make unconscious, or kill.
2. to put chloroform on (a cloth, object, etc.).