chlorine

noun
chlo·​rine | \ ˈklȯr-ˌēn How to pronounce chlorine (audio) , -ən\

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 Chemical Elements Table

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When a diarrheal incident does occur, the pool operator is supposed to clear the pool and flush it with extremely high levels of chlorine or bromine to kill the parasite. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "CDC Warns of Rising Threat of Fecal Parasite in Swimming Pools," 2 July 2019 About 30 gallons of chlorine spilled from a pool pump. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chlorine spill prompts evacuations from University City community pool; no injuries reported," 1 July 2019 According to Knudson, the amount of chlorine being used to decontaminate the water was slightly decreased. Raquel Baier, azcentral, "Excessive contaminant in water resolved, say Chandler officials," 4 June 2019 Seawater's weight is about 3.5 percent dissolved salt; oceans are also rich in chlorine, magnesium, and calcium. Paul Chesley, National Geographic, "Our oceans are under attack by climate change, overfishing," 21 Mar. 2019 The Laundress, an eco-friendly line of detergent and home-cleaning products, formulates without ammonia, petroleum, phthalates, phosphates, parabens, formaldehyde, artificial dyes, and chlorine bleach, as well as any other unnecessary additives. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "How to Tell If Your Laundry Detergent Is Messing With Your Skin," 15 June 2019 Surface waters contain organic compounds that, when combined with chlorine, produce TTHM. Raquel Baier, azcentral, "Excessive contaminant in water resolved, say Chandler officials," 4 June 2019 While this is a far bigger topic that this article allows for, one of the things in water that can be particularly damaging to hair and skin is chlorine. Steven Macari, Harper's BAZAAR, "Could a Shower Filter Be the Missing Component to Your Wellness Routine?," 1 May 2019 In April, the United States, France and Britain launched military strikes in Syria to punish Assad for an apparent attack using chlorine against civilians in the Damascus suburb of Douma. Susannah George, The Seattle Times, "US warns Russia, Syria against chemical weapons use," 28 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of chlorine

1810, in the meaning defined above

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chlorine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chlorine

: a chemical that in its natural form is a greenish-yellow gas and has a strong smell

chlorine

noun
chlo·​rine | \ ˈklȯr-ˌēn How to pronounce chlorine (audio) , -ən\

Kids Definition of chlorine

: a chemical element that is a greenish yellow irritating gas of strong odor used as a bleach and as a disinfectant to purify water

chlorine

noun
chlo·​rine | \ ˈklō(ə)r-ˌēn, ˈklȯ(ə)r-, -ən How to pronounce chlorine (audio) \

Medical Definition of chlorine

: a halogen element that is isolated as a heavy greenish yellow gas of pungent odor and is used especially as a bleach, oxidizing agent, and disinfectant in water purification symbol Cl — see Chemical Elements Table

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