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, HCHO, the simplest aldehyde. It melts at −92°C;, boils at −21°C;, and is soluble in water, alcohol, and ether; at STP, it is a flammable, poisonous, colorless gas with a suffocating odor.
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(also paraform), a mixture of formaldehyde polymerization products, called polyoxymethylenes, of the general formula (—CH2O—)n where n is any integer from eight to 100. Paraformaldehyde is a white, crystalline substance with a melting range between 105° and 150°C. It is obtained by evaporating concentrated, aqueous solutions of formaldehyde in vacuo. Paraformaldehyde is a convenient source of formaldehyde.