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[hahy-puh-klawr-ahyt, -klohr-] /ˌhaɪ pəˈklɔr aɪt, -ˈkloʊr-/
a salt or ester of hypochlorous acid.
Origin of hypochlorite
1840-50; hypo- + chlorite2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hypochlorite
  • Sodium hypochlorite is a chemical commonly found in bleach, water purifiers, and cleaning products.
  • Although available, solid sodium hypochlorite is not commercially used.
  • Sodium hypochlorite solutions are clear, greenish to yellow liquids with an odor of chlorine.
  • Calcium hypochlorite is used as a disinfectant in swimming pools, sewage treatment operations and in water treatment operations.
  • Calcium hypochlorite should not be stored near reactive or combustible materials.
  • Sodium hypochlorite has been used for the disinfection of drinking water.
British Dictionary definitions for hypochlorite


any salt or ester of hypochlorous acid
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hypochlorite in Medicine

hypochlorite hy·po·chlo·rite (hī'pə-klôr'īt',)
A salt or ester of hypochlorous acid.

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hypochlorite in Science
A salt or ester of hypochlorous acid, containing the group OCl.
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