sodium citrate


: a crystalline salt Na3C6H5O7 used chiefly as a buffering agent, as an emulsifier, and in medicine as an expectorant, chelator, alkalinizing agent, and blood anticoagulant

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Look for detergents that contain ingredients like sodium carbonate or sodium citrate, which are known to be effective at softening water. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 22 Apr. 2023 But one ingredient gave her pause: sodium citrate. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 20 Feb. 2023 In the end, the magic of sodium citrate simply couldn’t be replicated. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 20 Feb. 2023 Using natural ingredients like organic tapioca syrup, sea salt, citric acid, and electrolytes like potassium citrate and sodium citrate, this electrolyte drink mix gives you the energy and electrolytes needed to power through your long runs. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 11 Feb. 2023 When Gerber and Stettler added a salt called sodium citrate to their vat in 1912, however, fat stayed trapped among the proteins, even as the cheese melted and then cooled into a dense, easily sliceable form. Veronique Greenwood, Discover Magazine, 18 Sep. 2011 But the iconic brand also brings some big hitters to the game: Silicon dioxide prevents clumping, and sodium citrate and soy lecithin help emulsify and enhance flavor. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 7 Dec. 2022 Review the nutrition labels -- besides salt, the label could use terms such as monosodium glutamate (MSG, common in Chinese food), sodium citrate, sodium alginate and sodium phosphate. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 13 Oct. 2021 The full list of ingredients for the hair vitamins include: glucose syrup, sugar, water, pectin, citric acid, sodium citrate, natural flavors, titanium dioxide, Blue 1, coconut oil, and carnauba wax. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 22 May 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sodium citrate was in 1919

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Cite this Entry

“Sodium citrate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

Kids Definition

sodium citrate

: a salt used especially to prevent stored blood from clotting

Medical Definition

sodium citrate

: a crystalline salt Na3C6H5O7 used chiefly as an expectorant, a systemic and urinary alkalizer, and in combination as an anticoagulant (as in stored blood)
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