chloral hydrate

chloral hydrate klōr´əl hī´drāt [key], central nervous system depressant that is widely used as a hypnotic, or sleep-inducing drug. Chloral hydrate is the common ingredient, along with alcohol, in what are popularly known as knockout drops or Mickey Finns the combination can induce acute intoxication and coma.

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