Javel water

or Ja·velle wa·ter

[ zhuh-vel, zha- ]
/ ʒəˈvɛl, ʒæ- /


sodium hypochlorite, NaOCl, dissolved in water, used as a bleach, antiseptic, etc.

Origin of Javel water

1870–75; translation of French eau de Javel, after Javel former town, now in the city of Paris
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British Dictionary definitions for javelle water

Javel water

Javelle water

/ (ˈdʒævəl, dʒəˈvɛl) /


an aqueous solution containing sodium hypochlorite and some sodium chloride, used as a bleach and disinfectant
Also called: eau de Javelle a similar solution made from potassium carbonate and chlorine

Word Origin for Javel water

C19: partial translation of French eau de Javel, from Javel, formerly a town, now part of Paris
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Medicine definitions for javelle water

Javelle water


An aqueous solution of potassium or sodium hypochlorite, used as a disinfectant and bleaching agent.

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