calcium chloride


: a white deliquescent salt CaCl2 used in its anhydrous state as a drying and dehumidifying agent and in a hydrated state for controlling dust and ice on roads

Examples of calcium chloride in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some blobs even broke upon removal from the calcium chloride baths. Alice Chi Phung, Discover Magazine, 10 Dec. 2013 The city also used over 700 tons of a combination of calcium chloride and magnesium chloride to help deice streets and sidewalks throughout the storm. Stephen Underwood, Hartford Courant, 8 Jan. 2024 Some brands also sell San Marzano-style that use a different variety of plum tomato and include calcium chloride and more salt. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2023 Sodium, magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride, phosphate and bicarbonate are all considered to be electrolytes. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Oct. 2023 The Sepulveda Boulevard location remains the hub and where all the paletas get made, as many as 3,000 per day in the summer, in tiny molds dipped into a teal-blue bath of calcium chloride. Lucas Kwan Peterson, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2023 Foliar applications of calcium nitrate fertilizers or calcium chloride dihydrate (1.5 teaspoons per gal water plus 0.5 teaspoon of a surfactant) on a weekly basis during fruiting can provide necessary calcium when needed. oregonlive, 29 July 2023 When soaked in a yet another food-grade component —a calcium chloride water bath—the sheet swells and creates a conductive hydrogel. IEEE Spectrum, 22 Apr. 2023 Prepare your calcium bath by dissolving the calcium chloride into the water. Science & Food, Discover Magazine, 11 June 2013

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of calcium chloride was in 1866

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“Calcium chloride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

calcium chloride

: a salt that absorbs moisture from the air and is used to dry other substances

Medical Definition

calcium chloride

: a salt CaCl2 used in medicine as a source of calcium and as a diuretic

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