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Molecular formula: ZnCl2
Zinc chloride is the name of chemical compounds with the formula ZnCl2 and its hydrates. Zinc chlorides, of which nine crystalline forms are known, are colorless or white, and are highly soluble in water.
ZnCl2 itself is hygroscopic and even deliquescent. Samples should therefore be protected from sources of moisture, including the water vapor present in ambient air. Zinc chloride finds wide application in textile processing, metallurgical fluxes, and chemical synthesis.
Zinc chloride is used in dry cell batteries as an electrolyte.
Other Uses - It is used as a condensing agent, dehydrating agent, wood preservative, deodorant and disinfectant.