sodium tripolyphosphate

noun

sodium tri·​poly·​phos·​phate -ˌtrī-ˌpä-li-ˈfäs-ˌfāt How to pronounce sodium tripolyphosphate (audio)
: a crystalline salt Na5P3O10 that is used as a food additive and as a component in some detergents and is suspected of contributing to water pollution

Examples of sodium tripolyphosphate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For shrimp without packaging, stick to those with shells to avoid sodium tripolyphosphate. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 15 July 2022 Wet scallops are treated with sodium tripolyphosphate, a chemical that causes the scallops to expel water when cooked and can prevent a proper sear. Ann Maloney, Washington Post, 5 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sodium tripolyphosphate was in 1945

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“Sodium tripolyphosphate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sodium%20tripolyphosphate. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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