anhydride

noun

an·​hy·​dride (ˌ)an-ˈhī-ˌdrīd How to pronounce anhydride (audio)
: a compound derived from another (such as an acid) by removal of the elements of water

Examples of anhydride in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Acetic anhydride is the only chemical required to make heroin from the sap of opium poppies. Michael Smith, Bloomberg.com, 15 Sep. 2020 So Chen and his colleagues combined hyaluronic acid with another molecule called methacrylic anhydride. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 9 Nov. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of anhydride was in 1849

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“Anhydride.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anhydride. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

anhydride

noun
an·​hy·​dride (ˈ)an-ˈhī-ˌdrīd How to pronounce anhydride (audio)
: a compound that comes from another (as an acid) by removal of water

Medical Definition

anhydride

noun
an·​hy·​dride (ˈ)an-ˈhī-ˌdrīd How to pronounce anhydride (audio)
: a compound derived from another (as an acid) by removal of the elements of water

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