calcium chloride


Definition of 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

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Recent Examples on the Web These American-grown tomatoes, packed in juice, include calcium chloride, citric acid and salt. Sara Bonisteel, New York Times, "The Best Canned Tomatoes," 23 Mar. 2020 Some have added calcium chloride to promote tenderness, others have several other additives as well. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, "Taste-Off: The best garbanzos and chickpeas — and the slimiest," 23 Sep. 2019 Orange-y calcium chloride was just outside the triangle. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "The Colorful Science of Why Fireworks Look Bad on TV," 4 July 2019 Squirt the sodium alginate solution into the calcium chloride solution. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "3 Super-Fun Experiments for Pint-size Scientists," 16 Aug. 2018 Adjust the calcium hardness by using calcium chloride. Danielle Beurteaux, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Your Swimming Pool Ready for Summer," 18 May 2018 Most road salts are either sodium chloride (rock salt) or sometimes a concentrated solution of calcium chloride in colder weather. Bob Weber,, "Readers urge for clarification on salt water in car washes," 25 Mar. 2018 Florida’s Turnpike is down to one southbound lane near Consulate Drive as crews clean a calcium chloride spill. Krista Torralva,, "Chloride spill on Florida's Turnpike shuts down southbound lanes," 25 Apr. 2018 Barrels of calcium chloride fell off a semi-truck when the driver suddenly stopped for slowing traffic about 8:10 a.m., Montes said. Krista Torralva,, "Chloride spill on Florida's Turnpike shuts down southbound lanes," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of calcium chloride

1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Calcium chloride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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Medical Definition of calcium chloride

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

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