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  • Chloral, also known as trichloroacetaldehyde, is the organic compound with the formula Cl3CCHO.
  • Chloral aldehyde is a colourless oily liquid that is soluble in a wide range of solvents.
  • Chloral  reacts with water to form chloral hydrate, a once widely used sedative and hypnotic substance.
  • Chloral can be produced by chlorination of ethanol.
  • Aside from its tendency to hydrate, chloral is most notable as a building block in the synthesis of DDT.
  • Methane production from pyruvate by mixed rumen bacteria in vitro was nearly totally inhibited by chloral hydrate.
  • To serve the purpose of anaesthesia to perform various surgical exercises in horses, chloral hydrate has been a drug of choice due to the navailability of proper anaesthetics in field practice.
  • Chloral hydrate effectively produces light anesthesia and muscle relaxation for an extended period of time, and alphachloralose only minimally affects cardiovascular function and preserves reflex activity remarkably well.
  • Chloral was an intermediate product for DDT production.
  • On account of its toxicological effects and the insects immunization against it, DDT was withdrawn from production.
  • Chloral derivatives polish original invention are in the centre of interest in scientific and industrial circles.

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