sodium sulfate

noun

: a bitter salt Na2SO4 used especially in detergents, in the manufacture of wood pulp and rayon, in dyeing and finishing textiles, and in its hydrated form as a cathartic compare glauber's salt

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The inner box contained a can full of the chemical sodium sulfate decahydrate, which rested on top of the glass tubes and kept the cells from overheating. Ainissa Ramirez, Scientific American, 17 June 2021 For example, sodium sulfate causes the bluer end of the spectrum to drop out while enhancing the red end slightly. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 10 Nov. 2020 On game nights, the groundskeeper marked yard lines with a white powder -- sodium sulfate -- donated by the plant. Los Angeles Times, 28 Aug. 2019 The site produces materials such as boric acid, sodium carbonate, sodium sulfate and several specialty forms of borax used in soaps and other industrial materials. Alejandra Reyes-velarde, latimes.com, 5 July 2019 Skyscrapers of the future could even be built from wood.​ The process starts by soaking wood in a bath of sodium hydroxide and sodium sulfate. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, 10 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sodium sulfate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sodium sulfate was in 1869

Dictionary Entries Near sodium sulfate

Cite this Entry

“Sodium sulfate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sodium%20sulfate. Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

sodium sulfate

noun
: a bitter salt used especially in detergents, in the manufacture of rayon, and in dyeing and finishing textiles

Medical Definition

sodium sulfate

noun
: a bitter salt Na2SO4 used especially in detergents, in the manufacture of wood pulp and rayon, in dyeing and finishing textiles, and in its hydrated form as a cathartic see glauber's salt

More from Merriam-Webster on sodium sulfate

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


A Good Old-Fashioned Quiz

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?

PLAY