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Meaning of baryta

ba•ry•ta

Pronunciation: (bu-rī'tu), [key]
— n. Chem.
  1. a white or yellowish-white poisonous solid, BaO, highly reactive with water: used chiefly as a dehydrating agent and in the manufacture of glass.
  2. the hydroxide, hydrated form of this compound, Ba(OH)&multiplydot;8HO, used chiefly in the industrial preparation of beet sugar and for refining animal and vegetable oils.
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