Definition of chlorine
: a halogen element that is isolated as a heavy greenish-yellow diatomic gas of pungent odor and is used especially as a bleach, oxidizing agent, and disinfectant in water purification — see element table
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Provo Fire and Rescue wrote on Facebook that 12 people reported agitated breathing from a chlorine leak.
One drawback: Salt water and chlorine will mar the taste.
An Indiana waterpark was shut down by the local health department Monday after two children suffered chemical burns from chlorine in the water of the children's section, officials said.
Too little of the chemical in the water can foster the growth of bacteria, but too much chlorine can cause chemical burns, Letta said.
The puffball tree absorbs chlorine from the air and sodium through its roots and creates salt that animals get from the leaves.
EBMUD likewise has taken several control measures such as selectively using less chlorine in treatment plants, and adding more carbon dioxide in the district’s Mokelumne River aqueducts to reduce THMs.
The pool also includes water-conserving regenerative filtration technology and ultraviolet disinfection to supplement chlorine.
That said, chlorine pollution in the atmosphere is also steadily decreasing, thanks to the Montreal Protocol.
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First Known Use of chlorine
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Definition of chlorine for English Language Learners
: a chemical that in its natural form is a greenish-yellow gas and has a strong smell
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Definition of chlorine for Students
: a chemical element that is a greenish yellow irritating gas of strong odor used as a bleach and as a disinfectant to purify water
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