A salt in which the hydrogen of chlorous acid, HClO2, is replaced by a metal or other basic radical.
It must be collected in the same way as chlorine, or passed into water, when it forms a solution of chlorous acid.
They may be recognised by the evolution of chlorous acid gas when acted on by an acid.
The same result occurs if the aniline be treated with a solution of chlorous acid.
It is probably a mixture of chlorous acid and free chlorine.
Even the chlorous acid here brought into play to form the ideal chlorite, is by his own admission a hypothetical being.