acid·​ic | \ ə-ˈsi-dik How to pronounce acidic (audio) , a- \

Definition of acidic

1 : acid-forming
2 : acid

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Examples of acidic in a Sentence

The soil in our garden is very acidic. the acidic water of a polluted lake
Recent Examples on the Web First of all, these materials contain lots of sulfur, which can make your finished compost too acidic for most plants. Rita Pelczar, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 June 2021 Enamel is minimally reactive and acceptable for acidic foods. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2021 Additionally, highly acidic foods, especially soft drinks, can contribute to nighttime awakenings, Zamitt explained. Lisa Drayer, CNN, 17 Mar. 2021 These plants need a very acidic soil for best growth. Tom Maccubbin,, 20 Feb. 2021 But last year, researchers discovered a potential sign of life — the element phosphine — on Venus (or more precisely, in Venus' thick, sulfuric atmosphere, which is acidic enough to dissolve a human body in minutes). Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 3 June 2021 But, experts said, the belief that certain foods and carbonated or acidic beverages can cause or worsen ulcers is a common misconception. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 Hughes-Jones says the Bridgerton color palette is muted, soft, pastel colors, whereas the Featheringtons are more acidic, with bright yellows, greens, and pinks. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 20 Apr. 2021 When something doesn’t taste right, the Warshams have these general tips: If the dish tastes too fatty, add something acidic like vinegar or lemon juice. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of acidic

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acidic

acid entry 1 + -ic entry 1

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21 Jun 2021

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“Acidic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of acidic

: having a very sour or sharp taste
: containing acid


acid·​ic | \ ə-ˈsid-ik, a- How to pronounce acidic (audio) \

Medical Definition of acidic

1 : acid-forming
2 : acid


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