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A colourless strong-smelling liquid obtained from acetaldehyde and sulphuric acid that acts as a central nervous system depressant and is used as a sedative-hypnotic drug. Formula C6H12O3. [From Greek para beside or beyond + English aldehyde, from Latin al(cohol) dehyd(rogenatum) dehydrogenated alcohol]

Subjects: Psychology — Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

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