sodium hypochlorite

  1. a pale-green, crystalline compound, NaOCl, unstable in air, soluble in cold water, decomposes in hot water: used as a bleaching agent for paper and textiles, in water purification, in household use, and as a fungicide.

Origin of sodium hypochlorite

First recorded in 1880–85

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Scientific definitions for sodium hypochlorite

sodium hypochlorite

  1. An unstable salt that is usually stored in solution and used as a fungicide and an oxidizing bleach. Chemical formula: NaOCl·5H2O.

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