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Medical Term:

formaldehyde

Pronunciation: for-mal'de-hid

Definition: A pungent gas, HCHO, used as an antiseptic, disinfectant, and histologic fixative, usually in an aqueous solution.

Synonym(s): formic aldehyde, methyl aldehyde

[form(ic) + aldehyde]

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