hypochlorous acid

noun
hy·​po·​chlo·​rous acid | \ ˌhī-pə-ˈklȯr-əs- How to pronounce hypochlorous acid (audio) \

Definition of hypochlorous acid

: an unstable strongly oxidizing but weak acid HClO obtained in solution along with hydrochloric acid by reaction of chlorine with water and used especially in the form of salts as an oxidizing agent, bleaching agent, disinfectant, and chlorinating agent

Examples of hypochlorous acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bottle is charged for six minutes to electrolyze it, creating a solution that looks like water but is a mix of hypochlorous acid (a powerful disinfectant) and sodium hydroxide (which works as a detergent and cuts through grease). Janelle Nanos, BostonGlobe.com, "A Burlington startup lets you make your own nontoxic cleaners at home," 20 June 2019 Drop a NaDCC purification tablet—Aquatabs are one example—in non-turbid water to release hypochlorous acid, which reduces most pathogens and renders the water drinkable after about 30 minutes. Sunny Fitzgerald, National Geographic, "6 plastic-free ways to travel with safe drinking water," 7 Mar. 2019 The pH level dictates how much chlorine turns into hypochlorous acid in the water. Danielle Beurteaux, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Your Swimming Pool Ready for Summer," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of hypochlorous acid

1841, in the meaning defined above

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“Hypochlorous acid.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypochlorous%20acid. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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hypochlorous acid

noun
hy·​po·​chlo·​rous acid | \ -ˌklōr-əs-, -ˌklȯr- How to pronounce hypochlorous acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypochlorous acid

: an unstable strongly oxidizing but weak acid HClO obtained in solution along with hydrochloric acid by reaction of chlorine with water and used especially in the form of salts as an oxidizing agent, bleaching agent, disinfectant, and chlorinating agent

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