sodium chloride


Definition of sodium chloride 

: an ionic crystalline chemical compound consisting of equal numbers of sodium and chlorine atoms : salt sense 1a

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Most road salts are either sodium chloride (rock salt) or sometimes a concentrated solution of calcium chloride in colder weather. Bob Weber,, "Readers urge for clarification on salt water in car washes," 25 Mar. 2018 The unusual corrosion appears to be confined to places that sprinkle calcium or magnesium road salts on icy roads, rather than standard sodium chloride, according to the company. David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tesla issues Model S recall over corroding bolts," 29 Mar. 2018 Usually the salt utilized in ice melt products is plain old NaCl, sodium chloride. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "How to de-ice your walkways without killing your yard," 22 Feb. 2018 The pesticide-free kit uses sodium chloride — the same chemical as table salt — and claims to kill both adult lice and nits, the tiny eggs. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Lice — and Super Lice — for Good," 17 Oct. 2017 The products—dextrose and sodium chloride, also known as saline—are intravenous fluids given to hospital patients. Jonathan D. Rockoff, WSJ, "Baxter Says Saline Shipments Disrupted in Hurricane-Wracked Puerto Rico," 27 Sep. 2017

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1868, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sodium chloride

: the chemical compound that forms salt

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sodium chlo·ride | \-ˈklȯr-ˌīd\

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Medical Definition of sodium chloride 

: an ionic crystalline chemical compound consisting of equal numbers of sodium and chlorine atoms : salt sense 1a

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