ferric chloride

noun

Definition of ferric chloride

: a deliquescent dark salt FeCl3 that readily hydrates to the yellow-orange form and that is used especially for etching, in sewage treatment, and as an astringent

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1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Ferric chloride.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ferric%20chloride. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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ferric chloride

noun

Medical Definition of ferric chloride

: a deliquescent salt FeCl3 that is used chiefly as an oxidizing agent, as a catalyst, as an etching agent in photoengraving, as a coagulant in treating industrial wastes, and in medicine in a water solution or tincture usually as an astringent or styptic

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