Chloroform is a colorless liquid with a pleasant, nonirritating odor and a slightly sweet taste. It will burn only when it reaches very high temperatures.
In the past, chloroform was used as an inhaled anesthetic
during surgery, but it isn't used that way today. Today, chloroform is used to make other chemicals and can also be formed in small amounts when chlorine
is added to water.
Other names for chloroform are trichloromethane and methyl trichloride.
Exposure to chloroform can occur when breathing contaminated air or when drinking or touching the substance or water containing it. Breathing chloroform can cause dizziness
, and headaches
. Breathing chloroform or ingesting chloroform over long periods of time may damage your liver
. It can cause sores
if large amounts touch your skin. This substance has been found in at least 717 of the 1,430 National Priorities List sites
identified by the Environmental Protection Agency
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