# Is Fe(OH)3 a salt or an alkali?

I know that a neutralization reaction (i.e. a reaction between an acid and a base) results in the formation of a salt and water, but when I came to know that $\ce{Fe(OH)3}$ is salt, I began to have doubts:

If bases are ionic compounds that break apart to form a negatively charged hydroxide ion ($\ce{OH-}$) in water, then why is $\ce{Fe(OH)3}$ is salt and not a base?

• Who said that $\ce{Fe(OH)3}$ is not a base? – DHMO Sep 6 '16 at 17:23
• Also, it does not break apart to form hydroxide ion in water. – DHMO Sep 6 '16 at 17:24

$\ce{Fe(OH)3}$ is both a base and a salt. And a transition metal compound and a hydroxide and …