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so'dium eth'ylate



Chem.
a white, hygroscopic powder, C2H5ONa, that is decomposed by water into sodium hydroxide and alcohol: used chiefly in organic synthesis. Also called caustic alcohol, so'dium eth•ox'ide (e•thok'sīd, -sid).

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