Sodium hydroxide, also known as lye or Caustic Soda, is an inorganic compound with the formula NaOH. It is a white solid ionic compound consisting of sodium cations Na+ and hydroxide anions OH−. Sodium hydroxide is a highly caustic base and alkali that decomposes proteins at ordinary ambient temperatures and may cause severe chemical burns. It is highly soluble in water, and readily absorbs moisture and carbon dioxide from the air. Sodium hydroxide is used in many industries: in the manufacture of pulp and paper, drinking water, textiles, soaps and detergents and as a drain cleaner. Worldwide production in 2004 was approximately 60 million tonnes, while demand was 51 million tonnes.
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Synonyms: anhydrous caustic soda / Ätzsoda / B751 / caustic alkali / caustic flake / caustic flakes / caustic soda / caustic soda, bead / caustic soda, dry / caustic soda, flake / caustic soda, granular / caustic soda, lye / caustic soda, solid / caustic white / caustic, flaked / Collo-grillrein / Collo-tapetta / hydrate of soda / hydrate of sodium / hydroxide of soda / hydroxide of sodium / lessive alcaline / lessive de soude caustique / LEWIS red devil lye / lye (=sodium hydroxide) / natrium hydricum / Natriumoxidhydrat / Natriumoxydhydrat / Natron / natronlut / Seifenstein / soda lye / soda, caustic / soda, hydrate / sodio idrossido / sodium (hydroxyde de) / sodium hydrate / sodium hydrate lye / sodium hydroxide / sodium hydroxide (Na(OH)) / sodium hydroxide, bead / sodium hydroxide, dry / sodium hydroxide, flake / sodium hydroxide, granular / sodium hydroxide, pellets / sodium hydroxide, solid / soude (=hydroxyde de sodium) / white caustic
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