chlo·​ride | \ ˈklȯr-ˌīd How to pronounce chloride (audio) \

Definition of chloride

1 : a compound of chlorine with another element or group especially : a salt or ester of hydrochloric acid
2 : a monovalent anion consisting of one atom of chlorine

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An older high-def gamut just barely managed to capture the true hue of bluish copper chloride. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "The Colorful Science of Why Fireworks Look Bad on TV," 4 July 2019 The concept of disinfecting our hands with antiseptics is a medical innovation that dates to the early 1820s, when doctors started moistening their hands with liquid chlorides to help contain the spread of contagious diseases. Elizabeth Kiefer, Washington Post, "Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are still a safe bet," 10 June 2019 The Texas team focused on combining the abilities of an especially absorbent hydrogel known as hygroscopic polypyrrole chloride with one that is reacts to heat called isopropylacrylamide. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Solar-Powered Hydrogel Collects Clean Water Out of Thin Air," 14 Mar. 2019 For newborns whose sweat chloride test is positive, the screening allows for early, lung-preserving therapies. Rachel Pearson, The New Yorker, "The Durable Feeling That a Child Is Always at Risk," 10 June 2019 Problems with the Druzhba pipeline began in late April, when crude in the line was discovered to be heavily contaminated with organic chlorides. Dan Molinski, WSJ, "Russian Pipeline Shutdown Shifts Balance in Oil Market," 22 May 2019 That works fine for fresh water, but saltwater is trickier because of its ability to corrode electrodes with chloride, which would limit a system's lifespan. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Are Now Transforming Saltwater Into Hydrogen Fuel," 20 Mar. 2019 Table salt is a chemical compound made up of two minerals: sodium and chloride. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "How Much Sodium You Can Eat Every Day, According to a Nutritionist," 8 Apr. 2019 Doctors eventually diagnosed her with hyperhidrosis of the vulva and had her use Drysol (a strong topical treatment of aluminum chloride hexahydrate, which helps close sweat ducts). Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Do if You’re Extremely Sweaty in the General Vicinity of Your Vagina," 3 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of chloride

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chloride

German Chlorid, from chlor- + -id -ide

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English Language Learners Definition of chloride

technical : a chemical compound of chlorine with another element or group


chlo·​ride | \ ˈklō(ə)r-ˌīd, ˈklȯ(ə)r- How to pronounce chloride (audio) \

Medical Definition of chloride

1 : a compound of chlorine with another element or radical especially : a salt or ester of hydrochloric acid

called also muriate

2 : a monovalent anion consisting at one atom of chlorine

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