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A colourless volatile noxious liquid that accumulates in the body of a person who drinks alcohol while taking the drug Antabuse, resulting in nausea, vomiting, pounding of the heart, shortness of breath, and other unpleasant symptoms. Formula CH3CHO. See also paraldehyde. [From Latin acet(um) vinegar + al(cohol) dehyd(rog)e(natum) dehydrogenated alcohol]

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