na·​tron | \ ˈnā-ˌträn How to pronounce natron (audio) , -trən \

Definition of natron

: a hydrous native sodium carbonate used in ancient times in embalming, in ceramic pastes, and as a cleansing agent

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Recent Examples on the Web If so, this would be the first evidence for this practice being applied to a snake, although historical texts suggest a similar practice for the Apis bull, involving placing myrrh and natron under the tongue to slow down decomposition. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Peer inside a mummified cat from ancient Egypt, courtesy of high-res 3D X-rays," 21 Aug. 2020 There was also evidence of the mouth opening being filled with resin (most likely natron) to render the snake harmless. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Peer inside a mummified cat from ancient Egypt, courtesy of high-res 3D X-rays," 21 Aug. 2020 After removing the body’s internal organs, priests would use natron, a naturally occurring salt, to dry it out. National Geographic, "Europe's morbid 'mummy craze' has been an obsession for centuries," 10 Dec. 2019 The proportion of magnesia in inlays and window glass from Samarra’s palaces suggests plant ash, rather than natron, as the source of sodium carbonate in the glassmaking process. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval artisans built a glass-walled palace in the desert," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of natron

1684, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for natron

borrowed from French naitron, natron, borrowed (by uncertain mediation) from Arabic naṭrūn, borrowed from Greek nítron niter

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“Natron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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