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hypochlorous acid

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noun hy·po·chlo·rous acid \ˌhī-pə-ˈklȯr-əs-\

Definition of hypochlorous acid

  1. :  an unstable strongly oxidizing but weak acid HClO obtained in solution along with hydrochloric acid by reaction of chlorine with water and used especially in the form of salts as an oxidizing agent, bleaching agent, disinfectant, and chlorinating agent



Origin and Etymology of hypochlorous acid

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First Known Use: 1841


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hypochlorous acid

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noun hy·po·chlo·rous acid \-ˌklōr-əs-, -ˌklȯr-\

Medical Definition of hypochlorous acid

  1. :  an unstable strongly oxidizing but weak acid HClO obtained in solution along with hydrochloric acid by reaction of chlorine with water and used especially in the form of salts as an oxidizing agent, bleaching agent, disinfectant, and chlorinating agent




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