Meaning of formaldehyde
Pronunciation: (fôr-mal'du-hīd", fur-), [key]
— n. Chem.
- a colorless, toxic, potentially carcinogenic, water-soluble gas, CHO, having a suffocating odor, usually derived from methyl alcohol by oxidation: used chiefly in aqueous solution, as a disinfectant and preservative, and in the manufacture of various resins and plastics. Also calledCf. formalin.
- formaldehyde (Thesaurus)