zinc chloride

noun

: a poisonous caustic deliquescent salt ZnCl2 used especially as a wood preservative, drying agent, and catalyst

Examples of zinc chloride in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Surgeons, undertakers and others began performing rudimentary embalming of soldiers using arsenic, zinc chloride or other ingredients. Maggie Jones, New York Times, 19 Dec. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of zinc chloride was in 1851

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“Zinc chloride.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zinc%20chloride. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

zinc chloride

noun
: a poisonous caustic deliquescent readily soluble salt ZnCl2 that is used as a catalyst in organic synthesis and as a disinfectant and astringent

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