One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Cause soap to separate from lye by adding salt.
- ‘After adding stronger lye, the mixture is boiled until a sample becomes firm on cooling; the soap is then "salted out", i. e., common salt or concentrated brine is added, in which the soap is insoluble.’
- 1.1Chemistry Cause an organic compound to separate from an aqueous solution by adding an electrolyte.‘the potassium carbonate salts out the otherwise water-soluble nitrile as a separate upper layer’
- ‘Polymers such as poly(ethylene oxide) or poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) that are salted out by electrolytes usually show an inverse temperature solubility.’
- ‘Determinations carried out on some dileucine hydrochloride which had been salted out with NaCl showed that the NaCl in the preparation was there as a result of adhering mother liquor and therefore not in chemical combination.’
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