The halides are a group of inorganic compounds that result when any of the halogens combine
with a metallic element. They represent the seventeenth family of the Periodic Table. Halides are
soft, weak, and brittle; most halides are watersoluble. Sodium fluoride is found in your
toothpaste. The most famous halide is halite, known scientifically as sodium chloride, but more
commonly known as table salt.
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