nitric acid

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ni·tric acid

noun \ˈnī-trik-\

: a strong acid that contains nitrogen and that is used in making fertilizers, explosives, etc.

Full Definition of NITRIC ACID

:  a corrosive liquid inorganic acid HNO3 used especially as an oxidizing agent, in nitrations, and in making organic compounds (as fertilizers, explosives, and dyes)

Origin of NITRIC ACID

French nitrique, from nitre niter, from Middle French
First Known Use: 1788

nitric acid

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of NITRIC ACID

: a corrosive liquid inorganic acid HNO3 used especially as an oxidizing agent, in nitrations, and in making organic compounds

nitric acid

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Inorganic compound, colourless, fuming, highly corrosive liquid, chemical formula HNO. A common laboratory reagent, it is important in the manufacture of fertilizers and explosives (including nitroglycerin), as well as in organic syntheses, metallurgy, ore flotation, and reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel. A strong acid, it is toxic and can cause severe burns. It attacks most metals and is used for etching steel and photoengraving.

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