[hahy-puh-klawr-uh s, -klohr-]


of or derived from hypochlorous acid.

Origin of hypochlorous

First recorded in 1835–45; hypo- + chlorous
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Historical Examples of hypochlorous

  • Hypochlorous acid first reddens, and then bleaches, litmus-paper.

  • It is decomposed by acids with the evolution of chlorine and oxygen (hypochlorous acid).

  • The hypochlorous acid in the presence of oxidisable matter gives off its oxygen; hydrochloric acid being left.

  • The loss can be explained by the decomposition of hypochlorous acid, in the presence of light, into hydrochloric acid and oxygen.

  • The chlorine present as hypochlorous acid increased slightly but the quantity never exceeded very small proportions.