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Meaning of sodium ethylate

so'dium eth'ylate

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— Chem. Chem.
  1. a white, hygroscopic powder, CHONa, that is decomposed by water into sodium hydroxide and alcohol: used chiefly in organic synthesis. Also called(e&syl;thok&prim;sīd, -sid).
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