sodium chlorate

noun

: a colorless crystalline salt NaClO3 used especially as an oxidizing agent and weed killer

Examples of sodium chlorate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers put sodium chlorate, a white powdery chemical, in white plastic bottles and blasted a laser at it. Sarah Zhang, Discover Magazine, 2 Mar. 2012 Raman scattering from the sodium chlorate, however, goes out uniformly in all directions. Sarah Zhang, Discover Magazine, 2 Mar. 2012 Now the bottle itself will scatter some light, but a small proportion of the light will also penetrate the bottle and be scattered by the sodium chlorate, and a tiny proportion of that light will have an energy change per Raman scattering. Sarah Zhang, Discover Magazine, 2 Mar. 2012 Piles of uncovered uranium ore are stored near the mill, waiting to be fed into the crusher and processed in a series of tanks containing sulfuric acid, sodium chlorate, ammonia and other chemicals used to separate out the uranium. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sodium chlorate was in 1885

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“Sodium chlorate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sodium%20chlorate. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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