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water containing ions, such as Mg2+ and Ca2+, that form insoluble salts with fatty acids so that ordinary soap will not lather in it.
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hard waterWater with a high content of calcium and magnesium salts–eg, carbonates and sulfates, which may interfere with certain lab tests. See Mineral water, Spring water; Cf Soft water.
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hard wa·ter(hahrd wawtĕr)
That containing ions, such as Mg2+ and Ca2+, which form insoluble salts with fatty acids so that ordinary soap will not lather in it.
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