[klawr-ahyd, -id, klohr-] /ˈklɔr aɪd, -ɪd, ˈkloʊr-/

a salt of hydrochloric acid consisting of two elements, one of which is chlorine, as , NaCl.
a compound containing chlorine, as , CH 3 Cl.
any salt of hydrochloric acid, containing the chloride ion Cl–
any compound containing a chlorine atom, such as methyl chloride (chloromethane), CH3Cl

“compound of chlorine and another element,” 1812, coined by Sir Humphrey Davy (1778-1829) from chlorine + -ide on the analogy of oxide.

chloride chlo·ride (klôr’īd’)
A binary compound of chlorine.
chlo·rid’ic (klə-rĭd’ĭk) adj.
A compound, such as ammonium chloride, containing chlorine and another element or radical.


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