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[hahy-puh-klawr-ahyt, -klohr-]
  1. a salt or ester of hypochlorous acid.
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Origin of hypochlorite

First recorded in 1840–50; hypo- + chlorite2
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Examples from the Web for hypochlorite

Historical Examples

  • The solution, however, must be between 45 to 50% hypochlorite.

    A Journey Through France in War Time

    Joseph G. Butler, Jr.

  • This substance is called bleaching powder, or hypochlorite of lime.

  • Bleaching powder, Chlorinated lime, Hypochlorite of calcium.

  • Stirring or shaking must be avoided after the addition of the hypochlorite.

  • Ellms, of Cincinnati, has also noted the effect of hypochlorite on algæ.

British Dictionary definitions for hypochlorite


  1. any salt or ester of hypochlorous acid
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hypochlorite in Medicine


  1. A salt or ester of hypochlorous acid.
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hypochlorite in Science


  1. A salt or ester of hypochlorous acid, containing the group OCl.
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