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

Examples of ferric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new study is a retrospective analysis of 16 athletes from the Western Australian Institute of Sport, who received a total of 22 intravenous injections of 1,000 milligrams of iron (in the form of ferric carboxymaltose) in recent years. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 8 July 2020 The greatest elevations occur in the ferric oxide-rich Tharsis region, but in the lowlands to the east of it, the abundances of ferric oxides plummets. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 First off, ferric oxides are present everywhere on the planet: within the crust, found in lava outflows, and in the Martian dust that’s been oxidized by reactions with the atmosphere. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 25 Jan. 2018 The drink does contain ammonium ferric citrate, which is technically iron, but it is not brewed. Palko Karasz, New York Times, 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, 9 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of ferric

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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