hypochlorous acid

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hy·po·chlo·rous acid

 (hī′pə-klôr′əs)
n.
A weak, unstable acid, HOCl, occurring only as a greenish-yellow aqueous solution and used as a bleach, oxidizer, deodorant, and disinfectant.
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hypochlorous acid

n
(Elements & Compounds) an unstable acid known only in solution and in the form of its salts, formed when chlorine dissolves in water: a strong oxidizing and bleaching agent. Formula: HOCl
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hy′po•chlo′rous ac′id

(ˈhaɪ pəˈklɔr əs, -ˈkloʊr-, ˌhaɪ-)
n.
a weak, unstable acid, HOCl, existing only in solution and in the form of its salts, used as a bleaching agent and disinfectant.
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Noun1.hypochlorous acid - a weak unstable acid known only in solution and in its salts; used as a bleaching agent and as an oxidizing agent
acid - any of various water-soluble compounds having a sour taste and capable of turning litmus red and reacting with a base to form a salt
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