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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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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1868, in the meaning defined above

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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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