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In chemistry, bases are substances that, in aqueous solution, release hydroxide (OH−) ions, are slippery to the touch, can taste bitter if an alkali, change the color of indicators (e.g., turn red litmus paper blue), react with acids to form salts, promote certain chemical reactions (base catalysis), accept protons from any proton donor, and/or contain completely or partially displaceable OH− ions. Examples of bases are the hydroxides of the alkali metals and the alkaline earth metals (NaOH, Ca(OH)2, etc.).
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  • Types 

  • Properties 

  • Neutralization of acids 

  • Alkalinity of non-hydroxides 

  • Strong bases 

  • Weak bases 

  • Bases as catalysts 

  • Uses of bases 

  • Acidity of bases 

  • Etymology of the term