sodium carbonate

noun

Definition of sodium carbonate

: a sodium salt of carbonic acid used especially in making soaps and chemicals, in water softening, in cleaning and bleaching, and in photography: such as
a : a hygroscopic crystalline anhydrous strongly alkaline salt Na2CO3
b : the transparent crystalline hydrate Na2CO3·10H2O found in nature as natron

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Recent Examples on the Web Drinking glasses may be much simpler to make—requiring not much more than sand and sodium carbonate plus some relatively basic machinery—but China is not about to stop there. The Economist, "China’s “dual-circulation” strategy means relying less on foreigners," 7 Nov. 2020 Upon reaching the surface, the water rapidly boiled away in the near-vacuum conditions, leaving behind the sodium carbonate and other salts. Scott Hershberger, Scientific American, "Claims of ‘Ocean’ inside Ceres May Not Hold Water," 12 Aug. 2020 The process itself is rather lengthy: Towels and sheets sit in a tub of hot water, borax, washing soda (sodium carbonate), and laundry detergent until the water has cooled completely, about four to five hours in total. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Laundry Stripping, and Does It Work? A Cleaning Expert Explains the Viral Soaking Method," 19 Aug. 2020 In the last phase of the mission, which ended in 2018, Dawn’s orbit swept within 35 kilometers (22 miles) of Occator Crater, a 92-kilometer-wide feature dotted with bright deposits of sodium carbonate and other minerals. Scott Hershberger, Scientific American, "Claims of ‘Ocean’ inside Ceres May Not Hold Water," 12 Aug. 2020 These eye-catching characteristics were discovered to be sodium carbonate, or a compound including oxygen, carbon and sodium. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Dwarf planet Ceres is an ocean world with salty water under the surface, NASA mission finds," 11 Aug. 2020 This stuff works with pretty much all washing machines, getting rid of odors and mildews with tablets of sodium percarbonate and sodium carbonate. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "The best cleaning products to freshen up your home," 21 Mar. 2018 The main ingredient is sodium percarbonate, a combination of sodium carbonate — also known as washing soda (a laundry aid) — and hydrogen peroxide. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "How to remove furniture oil stains from a slate patio," 14 Oct. 2019 The site produces materials such as boric acid, sodium carbonate, sodium sulfate and several specialty forms of borax used in soaps and other industrial materials. Alejandra Reyes-velarde, latimes.com, "Near earthquake epicenter in Trona, ‘it looks like a tornado went through’," 5 July 2019

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1868, in the meaning defined above

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“Sodium carbonate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sodium%20carbonate. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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sodium carbonate

noun

Medical Definition of sodium carbonate

: a sodium salt of carbonic acid used especially in making soaps and chemicals, in water softening, in cleaning and bleaching, and in photography: as
a : a hygroscopic crystalline anhydrous strongly alkaline salt Na2CO3

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