Hypoiodous acid

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Hypoiodous acid is a chemical compound. It is also an acid. Its chemical formula is HIO. It has hydrogen and hypoiodite ions in it.

Properties[change | change source]

Hypoiodous acid is very unstable. It easily disproportionates to iodine and iodic acid. It is a disinfectant and oxidizing agent.

Preparation[change | change source]

It is made by reacting mercury(II) oxide with iodine.

Uses[change | change source]

It is too unstable to be used, although people think that this is what makes iodine a disinfectant.

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