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sodium chlorate

noun, Chemistry.
a colorless, water-soluble solid, NaClO 3 , cool and salty to the taste, used chiefly in the manufacture of explosives and matches, as a textile mordant, and as an oxidizing and bleaching agent.
Origin of sodium chlorate
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The sodium chlorate and ammonium chloride are dissolved in 6½ gallons and the copper sulphate separately in 5½ gallons water.

British Dictionary definitions for sodium chlorate

sodium chlorate

a colourless crystalline soluble compound used as a bleaching agent, weak antiseptic, and weedkiller. Formula: NaClO3
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