A crystalline substance which melts at 570 C., is readily soluble in water and alcohol; used as a soporific, and having antiseptic properties. By the action of sulphuric acid it is converted into chloral, a thin oily liquid of sp. gr. 1512, which boils at 98 degrees C., and becomes reconverted into the hydrate when mixed with a small quantity of water, heat being evolved. Chloral is prepared by the chlorination of alcohol and subsequent distillation.

Link to This Definition
Did you find this definition of CHLORAL HYDRATE helpful? You can share it by copying the code below and adding it to your blog or web page.
Definition of  CHLORAL HYDRATE