From Big Medical Encyclopedia

PARALDEHYDE (Paraldehydum; synonym Paracetaldehyde; joint venture. B) — sleeping pill and sedative; polymer of acetic aldehyde; With 6 H 12 O 3 .

Colorless transparent liquid with a peculiar smell, water soluble. Under the influence of light, air and at long-term storage decays with education acetic to - you. Use of partially decayed P. is dangerous; at introduction in enemas can cause a burn of a mucous membrane of a rectum.

On action on an organism it is close to to Chlorali hydras (see). It is excluded from the nomenclature of pharmaceuticals as toxic and ineffective drug.

V. V. Churyukanov.