Meaning of sodium hypochlorite

so'dium hypochlo'rite

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— Chem. Chem.
  1. a pale-green, crystalline compound, NaOCl, unstable in air, soluble in cold water, decomposes in hot water: used as a bleaching agent for paper and textiles, in water purification, in household use, and as a fungicide.
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