calcium chloride

  1. a white, lumpy, deliquescent solid, CaCl2, usually derived from calcium carbonate by reaction with hydrochloric acid, or as a by-product of various commercial processes: used chiefly as a drying agent and preservative and for preventing dust.

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Origin of calcium chloride

First recorded in 1880–85

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How to use calcium chloride in a sentence

  • The substances commonly employed are glycerine, wood alcohol, or a saturated solution of calcium chloride.

    Aviation Engines | Victor Wilfred Pag
  • The entry to the calcium chloride should be permanently fitted to about a yard of fine soft rubber tubing, as light as possible.

    On Laboratory Arts | Richard Threlfall
  • I have even used a plug of it instead of a cork for making the joint between a gas delivery tube and a calcium chloride tower.

    On Laboratory Arts | Richard Threlfall
  • The crude product is mixed with a large quantity of calcium chloride (dry — not fused), and is rectified once.

    On Laboratory Arts | Richard Threlfall
  • The water is driven off and condenses in the calcium chloride tube, which is afterwards cooled and weighed.

    A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines. | Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer

British Dictionary definitions for calcium chloride

calcium chloride

  1. a white deliquescent salt occurring naturally in seawater and used in the de-icing of roads and as a drying agent. Formula: CaCl 2

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Scientific definitions for calcium chloride

calcium chloride

  1. A white crystalline salt that attracts water very strongly. It is used in refrigeration and is spread on roads to melt ice and control dust. Chemical formula: CaCl2.

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