hypochlorous acid

noun
hy·po·chlo·rous acid | \ˌhī-pə-ˈklȯr-əs- \

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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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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1841, in the meaning defined above

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hypochlorous acid

noun
hy·po·chlo·rous acid | \-ˌklōr-əs-, -ˌklȯr- \

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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