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[per-bawr-eyt, -bohr-]
noun Chemistry.
  1. a salt of perboric acid, as sodium perborate, NaBO3⋅4H2O, used for bleaching, disinfecting, etc.
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Origin of perborate

First recorded in 1880–85; per- + borate
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Examples from the Web for perborate

Historical Examples

  • The perborate should be added when the powder is perfectly dry or it loses its bleaching properties.

    Soap-Making Manual

    E. G. Thomssen

British Dictionary definitions for perborate


  1. any of certain salts derived, or apparently derived, from perboric acid. Perborates are used as bleaches in washing powdersSee sodium perborate
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