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[suhb-klawr-ahyd, -id, -klohr-]
noun Chemistry.
  1. a chloride containing a relatively small proportion of chlorine, as mercurous chloride.
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Origin of subchloride

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Examples from the Web for subchloride

Historical Examples

  • Should the subchloride again become chloride, it would be able to attack the silver afresh.

    The Preservation of Antiquities

    Friedrich Rathgen

  • Calomel (Subchloride or Chloride of Mercury) is a heavy white powder, which is usually regarded as a safe medicine.

    Memoranda on Poisons

    Thomas Hawkes Tanner

  • Salt green, that is mentioned here, was a mixture of verdigris and subchloride of copper.

  • Subacetate of Copper, Subchloride, and Carbonate, all act very similarly to the sulphate when given in large doses.

  • Ointment of Subchloride of Mercury (Unguentum hydrargyri subchloridi).

British Dictionary definitions for subchloride


  1. a chloride of an element that contains less chlorine than its common chloride
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