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- n. A colorless, heavy, strongly oxidizing liquid, H2O2, capable of reacting explosively with combustibles and used principally in aqueous solution as a mild antiseptic, a bleaching agent, an oxidizing agent, and a laboratory reagent.
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- n. A colourless liquid, H2O2, soluble in water, used as a mild antiseptic, bleaching agent (especially for bleaching hair), oxidizing agent and chemical reagent.
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- n. a viscous liquid with strong oxidizing properties; a powerful bleaching agent; also used (in aqueous solutions) as a mild disinfectant and (in strong concentrations) as an oxidant in rocket fuels
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Murphy had noticed his bloody hands and sent the medic over; he gave him a Darvon for pain and washed the wounds with hydrogen peroxide and bandaged them with gauze.
In the lunar mode, as stated earlier, lift was provided by a pair of controllable 500-pound-thrust rockets noncombustion rockets using a 90 percent solution of hydrogen peroxide as fuel that were fixed to the fuselage outside the gimbal ring.
Hussein, Zein al-Abideen Mohamed, see Abu Zubaydah hydrogen peroxide bombs, 207–8, 243
But back to my white one: to bleach its fabric, I can only hope hydrogen peroxide was used, but many companies outside the United States and Europe, where most garments are produced, are still likely to use chlorine.22 Chlorine is toxic on its own, but if it gets mixed with organic carbon-containing material, as can happen once the chlorine leaves the factory in wastewater, it becomes a carcinogen and neurotoxin.
We usually need a chemical like bleach (no!) or hydrogen peroxide (better) to get a desirably light shade of paper.
Khan returned to England in February 2005 and made his first purchase of hydrogen peroxide chemicals with which to build bombs.
Investigators later found several large bottles containing hydrogen peroxide concentrated to between 20 and 40 percent—concentrations suitable for turning the liquids into effective bombs—that one of the conspirators had dumped in a London park.