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Characters. - Colourless crystals, or white crystalline masses, with a peculiar pungent odour, and a pungent, rather bitter taste. Readily fused by gentle heat, recrystallising on cooling to 120°. Solubility, very freely in distilled water, rectified spirit, and ether; 1 in 4 of chloroform.
Incompatibles. - All alkalies.
Impurities. - Hydrochloric acid, detected by test-paper; oily substances, colouring sulphuric acid when dissolved in chloroform.
Dose. - 5 to 30 gr.
Syrupus Chloral. - 10 gr. in 1 fl.dr. Dose, 1/2 to 2 fl. dr.