a white, hygroscopic powder, C2H5ONa, that is decomposed by water into sodium hydroxide and alcohol: used chiefly in organic synthesis.
- Also called caustic alcohol, so·dium eth·ox·ide [e-thok-sahyd, -sid]. /ɛˈθɒk saɪd, -sɪd/.
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How to use sodium ethylate in a sentence
They form unstable addition products with sodium ethylate or methylate.
For the saponification we employ a solution of sodium ethylate in the cold.Researches on Cellulose | C. F. Cross