What is Chloroform?
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.
Related Resources for Chloroform
- CERCLA Priority List of Hazardous Substance
Prioritization of substances based on a combination of their frequency, toxicity, and potential for human exposure at National Priorities List (NPL) sites.
- Minimal Risk Level (MRL)
Intended to serve as a screening tool to help public health professionals decide where to look more closely.
- Public Health Statement
Summary about a hazardous substance taken from Chapter One of its respective ATSDR Toxicological Profile.
Fact sheet that answers the most frequently asked questions about a contaminant and its health effects.
- Toxicological Profile
Succinctly characterizes the toxicologic and adverse health effects information for a hazardous substance.
This page was updated on March 19, 2008.