sodium hypochlorite

noun

Definition of sodium hypochlorite 

: an unstable salt NaOCl produced usually in aqueous solution and used as a bleaching and disinfecting agent

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The Disinfection Fine mesh filters remove residual particles, and sodium hypochlorite—the same type of chlorine used in laundry bleach—is injected into the water to kill leftover bacteria. Zoie Matthew, Los Angeles Magazine, "How a Local Facility Cleans 40 Million Gallons of Water a Day," 18 May 2018 Two chemicals — toluene and sodium hypochlorite — likely caused the explosion, fire officials said. Gal Tziperman Lotan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Three injured in chemical explosion near Publix headquarters in Lakeland," 15 Sep. 2017 First, a team of two sprays diluted sodium hypochlorite (bleach) on sidewalks from small containers that are pressurized by hand. Gary Warth, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Power-washing a dirty job, but could say lives in hep A outbreak," 29 Sep. 2017 Toluene is typically used as an industrial solvent, and sodium hypochlorite is a bleaching agent. Gal Tziperman Lotan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Three injured in chemical explosion near Publix headquarters in Lakeland," 15 Sep. 2017 As a general rule, use a medicine dropper to add a quarter teaspoon of bleach (that's 6 to 8 drops depending on the percentage of sodium hypochlorite in your bleach) for every gallon of water. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Hurricane Season Isn’t Over Until November. Here’s How to Prepare," 7 Sep. 2017

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1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sodium hypochlorite was in 1885

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sodium hypochlorite

noun

Medical Definition of sodium hypochlorite 

: an unstable salt NaOCl produced usually in aqueous solution and used as a bleaching and disinfecting agent

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