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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



alkali  listen  (AL-kuh-ly)

  A chemical that can dissolve in water, combine with acids to form salts, and make acids less acidic. Alkalis have a bitter taste and turn certain dyes blue. Some alkalis can help the body work the way it should. An example of an alkali is sodium hydroxide.