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hydrogen chloride

noun
1.
a colorless gas, HCl, having a pungent odor: the anhydride of hydrochloric acid.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70
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British Dictionary definitions for hydrogen-chloride

hydrogen chloride

noun
1.
a colourless pungent corrosive gas obtained by the action of sulphuric acid on sodium chloride: used in making vinyl chloride and other organic chemicals. Formula: HCl
2.
an aqueous solution of hydrogen chloride; hydrochloric acid
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hydrogen-chloride in Medicine

hydrogen chloride n.
A colorless, fuming, corrosive, very soluble, suffocating gas that forms hydrochloric acid in solution.

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hydrogen-chloride in Science
hydrogen chloride  
A colorless, corrosive, suffocating gas used in making plastics and in many industrial processes. When mixed with water, it forms hydrochloric acid. Chemical formula: HCl.
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Encyclopedia Article for hydrogen-chloride

hydrogen chloride

(HCl), a compound of the elements hydrogen and chlorine, a gas at room temperature and pressure. A solution of the gas in water is called hydrochloric acid.

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