fer·​ric | \ ˈfer-ik How to pronounce ferric (audio) , ˈfe-rik \

Definition of ferric

1 : of, relating to, or containing iron
2 : being or containing iron usually with a valence of three

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Recent Examples on the Web Specifically, the four iron atoms in hemoglobin are oxidized from their normal ferrous state (Fe2+) to a ferric form (Fe3+), making methemoglobin, which is essentially useless as an oxygen carrier. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Blueish woman with chocolaty blood highlights rare risk of common anesthetic," 23 Sep. 2019 See, this year's South team for the Senior Bowl has a decidedly ferric flavor on special teams. Tom Green, AL.com, "Senior Bowl's South team field goal unit has an Iron Bowl flavor," 25 Jan. 2018 The drink does contain ammonium ferric citrate, which is technically iron, but it is not brewed. Palko Karasz, New York Times, "Irn Bru, a Scottish Favorite, Loses Some Sugar," 5 Jan. 2018 The company is adding ferric chloride to the wet sludge before drying, a binding agent that should lessen sulfur dioxide emissions. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Waste plant pollutants put Detroit area at risk," 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of ferric

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ferric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ferric. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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fer·​ric | \ ˈfer-ik How to pronounce ferric (audio) \

Medical Definition of ferric

1 : of, relating to, or containing iron
2 : being or containing iron usually with a valence of three

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