chlorine

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chlorine [(klawr-een, klawr-in)]

A chemical element, normally a corrosive gas, that is widely used for sterilization and cleaning.

Note: Chlorine is added to drinking water to kill bacteria.
Note: Chlorine in CFCs is believed to be responsible for the ozone hole.
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