from The Century Dictionary.
- Pertaining to or containing chlorin; specifically, containing chlorin in larger proportion than chloric compounds: as, chlorous oxid; chlorous acid.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Of, pertaining to, or derived from, chlorine; -- said of those compounds of chlorine in which this element has a valence of three, the next lower than in chloric compounds.
- adjective (Chem. Physics), obsolete Pertaining to, or resembling, the electro-negative character of chlorine; hence, electro-negative; -- opposed to
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective chemistry Of a
compound, containing chlorinewith a lower oxidation numberthan equivalent chloriccompounds; especially having an oxidation number of 3.
- adjective obsolete Relating to, or resembling, the
electronegativecharacter of chlorine; hence, electronegative; opposed to basylousor zincous.
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These elements which are disengaged at the negative pole are termed electro-positive or positive or basylous elements, while those disengaged at the positive pole are termed electro-negative or negative or chlorous elements.