bicarbonate of soda
Inorganic compound, white, crystalline salt of sodium, chemical formula NaHCO. It is a weak base and dissociates into water and carbon dioxide gas as it dissolves in the presence of hydrogen ions. In addition to household uses as an antacid, cleaner, and deodorizer, it is used in manufacturing effervescent salts and beverages and baking powder. Industrial uses include production of other sodium salts, treatment of wool and silk, and use in pharmaceuticals, sponge rubber, fire extinguishers, cleaners, lab reagents, mouthwash, and gold and platinum plating.
Variants of BICARBONATE OF SODA
bicarbonate of soda or sodium bicarbonate or baking soda
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