or Ja·velle wa·ter
- 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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- 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
C19: partial translation of French eau de Javel, from Javel, formerly a town, now part of Paris
- An aqueous solution of potassium or sodium hypochlorite, used as a disinfectant and bleaching agent.