zinc chloride

noun

Definition of zinc chloride

: 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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First Known Use of zinc chloride

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 15 Jun. 2021.

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zinc chloride

noun

Medical Definition of zinc chloride

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

More from Merriam-Webster on zinc chloride

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