a white, deliquescent, water-soluble solid, NaOH, usually in the form of lumps, sticks, chips, or pellets, that upon solution in water generates heat: used chiefly in the manufacture of other chemicals, rayon, film, soap, as a laboratory reagent, and in medicine as a caustic.
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- sodium ethylate,
- sodium fluoride,
- sodium fluoroacetate,
- sodium hexametaphosphate,
- sodium hydrosulfite,
- sodium hypochlorite,
- sodium hyposulfite,
- sodium hyposulphite,
- sodium iodide,
- sodium lactate
Origin of sodium hydroxide
First recorded in 1880–85
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A strongly alkaline compound used externally.caustic soda
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A white, corrosive, solid compound that absorbs water and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and forms lye when in solution. Sodium hydroxide is toxic and strongly alkaline and is used to make chemicals and soaps and to refine petroleum. Chemical formula: NaOH.
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