Definition of alkali in English:
noun (plural alkalis)
1A compound with particular chemical properties including turning litmus blue and neutralizing or effervescing with acids; typically, a caustic or corrosive substance of this kind such as lime or soda: flint is not subject to chemical weathering except by strong alkalis [mass noun]: the reaction is followed by measuring the concentration of alkali at various times Often contrasted with acid and base1.
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- Amides are hydrolysed to ammonium salts with catalysis by acids or alkalis.
- They resist most chemicals, including many acids, alkalis, oxidizing agents, and solvents.
- Nickel has good resistance to corrosion in the normal atmosphere, in natural freshwaters and in deaerated nonoxidizing acids, and it has excellent resistance to corrosion by caustic alkalis…
1.1 [as modifier] chiefly North American Alkaline.
- A vast white alkali flat unrolled across the field of his dream, ringed with serrated purple mountains at the horizon.
- Additionally, clinically, if CO2 tensions venture into the range of 80-100 mm Hg in critically patients, the use of alkali therapy is generally mandatory.
- For the first few days, the country presented picturesque timbered bottomlands and rolling prairie, but slowly it changed to a rocky landscape littered with buffalo bones and stagnant pools of undrinkable alkali water.
Definition of alkali in:
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