aluminium chloride

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aluminium chloride (uncountable)

  1. (inorganic chemistry) AlCl, only exists in the gas phase when AlCl3 is heated with aluminium.
  2. (inorganic chemistry) AlCl3, the aluminium salt of hydrochloric acid; forms the covalent dimer Al2Cl6 when melted; it has very many industrial applications, including that of a catalyst in Friedel-Crafts reactions.