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hypochlorous acid

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noun
a weak, unstable acid, HOCl, existing only in solution and in the form of its salts, used as a bleaching agent and disinfectant.
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Origin of hypochlorous acid

First recorded in 1835–45
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British Dictionary definitions for hypochlorous acid

hypochlorous acid
/ (ˌhaɪpəˈklɔːrəs) /

noun
an unstable acid known only in solution and in the form of its salts, formed when chlorine dissolves in water: a strong oxidizing and bleaching agent. Formula: HOCl
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Scientific definitions for hypochlorous acid

hypochlorous acid
[ hī′pə-klôrəs ]

A weak, unstable acid occurring only in solution and used as a bleach, oxidizer, deodorant, and disinfectant. Chemical formula: HOCl.
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