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picric acid

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noun pic·ric acid \ˈpi-krik-\

Definition of picric acid

  1. :  a toxic yellow crystalline phenol derivative C6H3N3O7 structurally similar to TNT and used especially as a high explosive and as a dye or mordant



Origin of picric acid

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1852


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picric acid

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noun pic·ric acid \ˌpik-rik-\

Medical Definition of picric acid

  1. :  a bitter toxic explosive yellow crystalline strong acid C6H3N3O7 used especially as a dye or biological stain, as an antiseptic, and as a precipitant for organic bases and polycyclic hydrocarbons—called also trinitrophenol




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