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hypochlorous acid

a weak, unstable acid, HOCl, existing only in solution and in the form of its salts, used as a bleaching agent and disinfectant.
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1835-45 Unabridged
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hypochlorous acid

an unstable acid known only in solution and in the form of its salts, formed when chlorine dissolves in water: a strong oxidizing and bleaching agent. Formula: HOCl
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hypochlorous acid in Medicine

hypochlorous acid hy·po·chlo·rous acid (hī'pə-klôr'əs)
A weak but strongly oxidizing acid produced by the reaction of chlorine and water and used as a bleaching agent, disinfectant, and chlorinating agent.

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hypochlorous acid in Science
hypochlorous acid
A weak, unstable acid occurring only in solution and used as a bleach, oxidizer, deodorant, and disinfectant. Chemical formula: HOCl.
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