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sodium carbonate

noun

, Chemistry.
  1. Also called soda ash. an anhydrous, grayish-white, odorless, water-soluble powder, Na 2 CO 3 , usually obtained by the Solvay process and containing about 1 percent of impurities consisting of sulfates, chlorides, and bicarbonates of sodium: used in the manufacture of glass, ceramics, soaps, paper, petroleum products, sodium salts, as a cleanser, for bleaching, and in water treatment.
  2. Also called sal soda, soda, washing soda. the decahydrated form of this salt, Na 2 CO 3 ⋅10H 2 O, used similarly.
  3. the monohydrated form of this salt, Na 2 CO 3 ⋅H 2 O, used similarly, especially in photography.


sodium carbonate

noun

  1. a colourless or white odourless soluble crystalline compound existing in several hydrated forms and used in the manufacture of glass, ceramics, soap, and paper and as an industrial and domestic cleansing agent. It is made by the Solvay process and commonly obtained as the decahydrate (washing soda or sal soda) or a white anhydrous powder (soda ash). Formula: Na 2 CO 3 See also washing soda sal soda soda ash


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Origin of sodium carbonate1

First recorded in 1865–70
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The ether solution was washed with water and dilute sodium carbonate solution, and the ether was evaporated.

A portion of the purple solution was exactly neutralized with sodium carbonate.

Another portion of the purple solution was made alkaline with sodium carbonate.

The remainder was nearly neutralized with sodium carbonate and lead acetate was added in excess to remove gallic acid.

The poisonous tar was not hydrolyzed by boiling with a dilute solution of sodium carbonate.

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