so·​di·​um | \ˈsō-dē-əm \

Definition of sodium 

: a silver-white soft waxy ductile element of the alkali metal group that occurs abundantly in nature in combined form and is very active chemically — see Chemical Elements Table

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Drain the black beans and lentils and rinse with water to get rid of the extra sodium and add to the pot. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "I'm a Registered Dietitian and Here's What I Learned Going Vegan for a Week," 25 Nov. 2018 And each contains no sugar, calories, sodium, artificial ingredients, GMOs, phosphoric acid, gluten, or animal products. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "The company’s “natural flavors” have been an ongoing mystery.," 8 Oct. 2018 Peatos also has slightly fewer calories, less fat and sodium than Cheetos. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "Cat Fight: Cheetos Maker Pepsi Challenges Orange Snack Rival," 21 Aug. 2018 Eat healthy foods low in sodium and high in water content. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "How to Function After a Red-Eye Flight, According to 21 Seasoned Travelers," 16 Aug. 2018 There were also minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, sodium, and zinc, all of which are found in red meat and dairy products. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ötzi the Iceman’s last meal shows how Copper Age people ate on the run," 13 July 2018 Full-fat cheese, however, can quickly bump up the sandwich's calories, sodium and saturated fat. Molly Kimball,, "Build a better (for you) grilled cheese with gluten-free, vegan recipe, too," 10 Apr. 2018 The chips have fewer calories and lower sodium and fat content than their more conventional grocery store rivals, are non-GMO and don’t have any artificial colors or additives. Kavita Daswani,, "4 ideas for guilt-free summer snacking," 7 July 2018 Most green drinks don’t contain added salt, but some vegetables, such as beets and celery, have a surprising amount of naturally occurring sodium. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "That juice may be green, but it’s not as healthy as you think," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of sodium

1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sodium

New Latin, from English soda

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English Language Learners Definition of sodium

: a soft silver-white element that is found in salt, baking soda, and other compounds


so·​di·​um | \ˈsō-dē-əm \

Kids Definition of sodium

: a soft waxy silver-white chemical element occurring in nature in combined form (as in salt)


so·​di·​um | \ˈsōd-ē-əm \

Medical Definition of sodium 

: a silver white soft waxy ductile element of the alkali metal group that occurs abundantly in nature in combined form and is very active chemically symbol Na — see Chemical Elements Table

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