acidic

adjective
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 Cranberry, strawberry, light, not too dry or acidic, good balance. Marc Bona, cleveland, "10 wines under $25 for a hot day in July," 12 July 2020 The acidic citrus will help break the sucrose molecules, making for a paste that crystalizes at a higher temperature. Popular Science, "Can’t get waxed? Remove your hair with sugar at home," 19 June 2020 Miller apparently deleted some of his more acidic tweets over the past weekend, and his response to Breaux is no longer available. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: Rep. Chip Roy’s staffer uses Twitter for profanity-laced rants," 24 June 2020 Additionally, acid blockers for reflux or ulcers, for example, can make the stomach less acidic, which could affect iron and vitamin B12 absorption. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Should you take a dietary supplement to prevent disease?," 24 June 2020 In layman’s terms, the acidic mine waste could leak downstream and into the greater Bristol Bay ecosystem. Popular Science, "The battle over Alaska’s Pebble Mine is about to get more dramatic," 8 June 2020 So priests offered special decorations, including garlands of acidic lemons believed to placate the goddesses. Tulasi Srinivas, The Conversation, "India’s goddesses of contagion provide protection in the pandemic – just don’t make them angry," 15 June 2020 In layman’s terms, the acidic mine waste could leak downstream and into the greater Bristol Bay ecosystem. Popular Science, "The battle over Alaska’s Pebble Mine is about to get more dramatic," 8 June 2020 More acidic solutions tended to lower the bacterial numbers over time. Paul Dawson, Scientific American, "Is Double-Dipping a Food Safety Problem or Just a Nasty Habit?," 25 Nov. 2015

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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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The first known use of acidic was in 1866

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26 Jul 2020

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“Acidic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acidic. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for acidic

acidic

adjective
How to pronounce acidic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of acidic

: having a very sour or sharp taste
: containing acid

acidic

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

Medical Definition of acidic

1 : acid-forming
2 : acid

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