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alkali , pl. alkalis alkalies (al´ka-lI, -lIz)
1. A strongly basic substance yielding hydroxaide ions (OH-) in solution; e.g., sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide. 2. base (3) 3. alkali metal [Ar., al, the, + qalIy, soda ash]
caustic a. a highly ionized (in solution) alkali; e.g., NaOH.
fixed a. any a. other than a weakly ionized one, like ammonia.
vegetable a. a mixture of potassium hydroxide and carbonate.
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