sodium lauryl sulfate

noun
sodium lau·ryl sulfate | \-ˈlȯr-əl-, -ˈlär-\

Definition of sodium lauryl sulfate 

: the crystalline sodium salt C12H25NaO4S of sulfated lauryl alcohol also : a mixture of sulfates of sodium consisting principally of this salt and used as a detergent, wetting agent, and emulsifying agent (as in toothpastes, ointments, and shampoos)

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The mixture is natural (the active ingredients include sodium lauryl sulfate and malic acid) and comes in a stand-up jar. Lauren Piro, Good Housekeeping, "7 Genius Ways to Kill Fruit Flies," 7 May 2018

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1885, in the meaning defined above

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sodium lauryl sulfate

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Medical Definition of sodium lauryl sulfate 

: the crystalline sodium salt C12H25NaO4S of sulfated lauryl alcohol also : a mixture of sulfates of sodium consisting principally of this salt and used as a detergent, wetting, and emulsifying agent (as in toothpastes, ointments, and shampoos)

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