(Not Officinal.)

Source. - Obtained from Chloroform by the action of nascent Hydrogen, one atom of which replaces one atom of chlorine in the Chloride of Dichlor-methyl (chloroform), CHC12.C1.

Characters. - A colourless volatile liquid, with an odour like chloroform. Specific gravity, l.344. Soluble in water, ether, and alcohol.

Action And Uses

Bichloride of methylene acts as a general anaesthetic very much like chloroform. It is said, however, to depress the heart even more than this substance; and it is now very seldom used for general surgery, but is the anaesthetic most frequently employed in ovariotomy.