chloride

noun
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

Examples of chloride in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those mouthwashes are ones that contain either 0.05%-0.1% cetylpyridinium chloride, 0.147% ethyl lauroyl arginate, or 0.2%-0.5% povidone-iodine. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "Coronavirus may infect lungs via the gums and not airways, new study finds," 20 Apr. 2021 For water used for industrial purposes, the changes remove specific numeric standards for pH, chloride and hardness and replace them with a narrative description. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, "Judge approves MPCA changes to water quality standards," 9 Apr. 2021 Chloride’s negative charge attracts water, so without much chloride meandering into cells, the body’s mucus gets thicker and stickier, making breathing a struggle and often trapping dangerous bacteria in the lungs. Max G. Levy, Wired, "This Sticker Absorbs Sweat—and Might Diagnose Cystic Fibrosis," 8 Apr. 2021 The claim cites information from Cardiff University that allegedly shows over-the-counter mouthwashes with at least 0.07% of cetylpyridinium chloride indicate signs of eliminating coronavirus. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Experts caution mouthwash's effect on COVID-19 needs more study," 25 Nov. 2020 Sodium chloride helps regulate bodily fluids and aids nerve and muscle function, so some salt is necessary for good health. Washington Post, "Salt: The dietary danger that’s easy to ignore," 11 Dec. 2020 The preliminary study found that mouthwashes containing at least 0.07% cetypyridinium chloride could kill the virus in saliva but could not treat COVID-19 inside of the body or act as a cure. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Experts caution mouthwash's effect on COVID-19 needs more study," 25 Nov. 2020 The study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, showed that mouthwashes containing 0.07% of a substance called cetylpyridinium chloride eradicated the virus in laboratory tests. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "Mouthwash may kill coronavirus in saliva," 17 Nov. 2020 Sodium chloride, by contrast, causes the whole spectrum to drop evenly. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Europa probably glows in the dark, and that may tell us what’s in it," 10 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of chloride was in 1812

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27 Apr 2021

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“Chloride.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chloride. Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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chloride

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chloride

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

chloride

noun
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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