Meaning of sodium chlorate

so'dium chlo'rate

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— Chem. Chem.
  1. a colorless, water-soluble solid, NaClO, cool and salty to the taste, used chiefly in the manufacture of explosives and matches, as a textile mordant, and as an oxidizing and bleaching agent.
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