hypochlorous acid


noun

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

Nearby words

  1. hypocentre,
  2. hypochloremia,
  3. hypochlorhydria,
  4. hypochlorite,
  5. hypochlorous,
  6. hypochloruria,
  7. hypocholesteremia,
  8. hypocholesterolemia,
  9. hypochondria,
  10. hypochondriac

Origin of hypochlorous acid

First recorded in 1835–45

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British Dictionary definitions for hypochlorous acid

hypochlorous acid

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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Medicine definitions for hypochlorous acid

hypochlorous acid

[hī′pə-klôrəs]

n.

A weak but strongly oxidizing acid produced by the reaction of chlorine and water and used as a bleaching agent, disinfectant, and chlorinating agent.

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Science 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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