sodium sulfate

noun

Definition of sodium sulfate 

: 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

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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, "New Super Wood Beats Metals in Feats of Strength," 10 Feb. 2018

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1869, in the meaning defined above

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sodium sulfate

noun

Medical Definition of sodium sulfate 

: 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

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