Definitions of chlorous:
  • adjective:   (chemistry) Of a compound, containing chlorine with a lower oxidation number than equivalent chloric compounds; especially having an oxidation number of 3.
  • adjective:   (obsolete) Relating to, or resembling, the electronegative character of chlorine; hence, electronegative; opposed to basylous or zincous.

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