calcium chloride

noun

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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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, chicagotribune.com, "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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Chloride spill on Florida's Turnpike shuts down southbound lanes," 25 Apr. 2018 Tristate communities declare snow emergencies ahead of winter storm In Cincinnati, crews anticipated using 25,500 tons of salt, 31,000 gallons of calcium chloride, 11,500 gallons of beet juice and 73,500 gallons of brine to combat the freeze. Bob Strickley, Cincinnati.com, "Slick evening commute, power outages complicates start of the weekend," 12 Jan. 2018 JEFF SINER Observer File Photo Weeks later, a consultant found the culprit: High levels of calcium chloride in grout had eaten away at the steel cables that gave the bridge’s concrete beams their strength. Joe Marusak And Ames Alexander, charlotteobserver, "‘It was a horrible night.’ Fla. bridge collapse revives memories of Charlotte tragedy | Charlotte Observer," 15 Mar. 2018 Fill a couple of cloth bags (roughly the size of a grocery bag) with calcium chloride and hang them from the ceiling to absorb moisture. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "How to protect your basement from snowmelt flooding," 19 Jan. 2018 However, sometimes CaCl, calcium chloride, is used. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "How to de-ice your walkways without killing your yard," 22 Feb. 2018

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1866, in the meaning defined above

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calcium chloride

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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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