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par•al•de•hyde



Pronunciation: (pu-ral'du-hīd"), [key]
n. Chem., Pharm.
a colorless, liquid, cyclic compound, C6H12O3, having a disagreeable taste but an agreeable odor, produced by the polymerization of acetaldehyde with sulfuric acid: used chiefly in the manufacture of organic chemicals and in medicine as a sedative and hypnotic. Also called paracetaldehyde.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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