Transparent colorless crystals or white crystalline solid. Aromatic penetrating slightly acrid odor and a slightly bitter caustic taste. Alcoholic solution (1 in 20) does not at once redden moistened blue litmus paper.
Trichloroacetaldehyde Hydrate is a useful chemical reagent used as a sedative/hypnotic agent. Studies have shown that when used in pediatric sedation side effects such as hallucination, excessive slee p and seizures were observed. It is sometimes administered to patients being treated with cyclophosphamide and it is known to inhibit some aldehyde dehydrogenases.