<chemistry> A colourless liquid, CHBr3, having an agreeable odour and sweetish taste. It is produced by the simultaneous action of bromine and caustic potash upon wood spirit, alcohol, or acetone, as also by certain other reactions. In composition it is the same as chloroform, with the substitution of bromine for chlorine. It is somewhat similar to chloroform in its effects.

Origin: Bromine + formyl.

(01 Mar 1998)