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[ney-tron, -truh n]
  1. a mineral, hydrated sodium carbonate, Na2CO3⋅10H2O.
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Origin of natron

1675–85; < French < Spanish < Arabic naṭrūn, variant of niṭrūn < Greek nítron niter; compare also Egyptian ntry, Hebrew nether
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Historical Examples of natron

  • The natron also dissolves the flesh, so that nothing remains but the skin and bones.

    Museum of Antiquity

    L. W. Yaggy

  • For weeks it was soaked in a solution of natron and then it was filled with pitch.

    The Story of Mankind

    Hendrik Van Loon

  • Not very good water, I'm afraid, but you soon get accustomed to natron.

  • Mourad had selected the Natron Lakes for his place of rendezvous.

    Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete

    Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne

  • The corpse was filled with spices, drenched in a bath of natron, wound with bandages and thus transformed into a mummy.

British Dictionary definitions for natron


  1. a whitish or yellow mineral that consists of hydrated sodium carbonate and occurs in saline deposits and salt lakes. Formula: Na 2 CO 3 .10H 2 O
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Word Origin for natron

C17: via French and Spanish from Arabic natrūn, from Greek nitron
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Word Origin and History for natron


1680s, from French natron (1660s), from Spanish natron, from Arabic natrun, from Greek nitron (see nitrogen). It is the source of the chemical symbol Na for sodium.

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