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Pronunciation: sawlt


  1. A compound formed by the interaction of an acid and a base, the ionizable hydrogen atoms of the acid are replaced by the positive ion of the base.
  2. Sodium chloride, the prototypical salt.
  3. A saline cathartic, especially magnesium sulfate, sodium sulfate, or Rochelle salt; often denoted by the plural, salts.

Synonym(s): table salt

[L. sal]

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