aluminum sulfate

noun

Definition of aluminum sulfate 

: a white salt Al2(SO4)3 usually made by treating bauxite with sulfuric acid and used in making paper, in water purification, and in tanning

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Scores of fish died in the lake after the town began using a state-approved, low-dose aluminum sulfate treatment to lower the lake's pH levels and improve water clarity, Wilmington NBC-TV affiliate WECT reported. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Chemical didn't kill fish in eastern NC lake. Another culprit did, state says | Charlotte Observer," 16 May 2018 The town received state approval April 11 to use a low-dose aluminum sulfate treatment to improve water clarity and reduce the pH level in the lake, Mayor Goldston Womble Jr. said in an April 20 letter on the town's website. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Town put chemical into popular NC fishing lake. Then the fish began to die. | Charlotte Observer," 7 May 2018 Gardeners maintain blue color by adding aluminum sulfate, or pink by adding lime (calcium carbonate). Pam Peirce, San Francisco Chronicle, "How do flowers get their color and can I change it?," 30 Mar. 2018 For blue-flowered hydrangeas, add aluminum sulfate to the soil around your bushes now. NOLA.com, "This week's gardening tips: change the color of hydrangeas and control thrips," 17 Feb. 2018 Beyond advertising, Royal also worked the halls of state assemblies, trying to persuade local politicians across the country to ban baking powders containing sodium aluminum sulfate on the grounds that they were adulterated with a toxic chemical. Bart Elmore, WSJ, "Baking Powder: The Indispensable Ingredient," 10 Aug. 2017

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1868, in the meaning defined above

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aluminum sulfate

noun

Medical Definition of aluminum sulfate 

: a colorless salt Al2(SO4)3 that is a powerful astringent and is used as a local antiperspirant and in water purification

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