bleaching powder

noun Chemistry.
  1. a white powder that decomposes on contact with water and has the characteristic odor of gaseous chlorine: regarded, when dry, as a mixed calcium hypochlorite-chloride, used as a commercial bleach for wood pulp, textiles, oils, and soaps, and in laundering as a decolorizer and disinfectant.

Origin of bleaching powder

First recorded in 1850–55
Also called chloride of lime, chlorinated lime, calcium oxychloride.
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bleaching powder

noun
  1. a white powder with the odour of chlorine, consisting of chlorinated calcium hydroxide with an approximate formula CaCl(OCl).4H 2 O. It is used in solution as a bleaching agent and disinfectantAlso called: chloride of lime, chlorinated lime
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