hydrochloric acid

noun
hy·dro·chlo·ric acid | \ ˌhī-drə-ˈklȯr-ik- \

Definition of hydrochloric acid 

: an aqueous solution of hydrogen chloride HCl that is a strong corrosive irritating acid, is normally present in dilute form in gastric juice, and is widely used in industry and in the laboratory

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Laze occurs when hot lava meets the ocean, sending a plume of hydrochloric acid and steam - along with fine glass particles - into the air. Amy B Wang, chicagotribune.com, "Lava spatter hits Hawaii man and shatters his leg in first known injury from Kilauea volcano," 20 May 2018 Laze occurs when hot lava meets the ocean, sending a plume of hydrochloric acid and steam - along with fine glass particles - into the air. Amy B Wang, BostonGlobe.com, "Lava spatter hits Hawaii man and shatters his leg in first known injury from Kilauea volcano," 20 May 2018 Laze occurs when hot lava meets the ocean, sending a plume of hydrochloric acid and steam - along with fine glass particles - into the air. Amy B Wang, ajc, "Lava spatter hits Hawaii man and shatters his leg in first known injury from Kilauea volcano," 20 May 2018 Laze occurs when hot lava meets the ocean, sending a plume of hydrochloric acid and steam — along with fine glass particles — into the air. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "Lava spatter hits Hawaii man and shatters his leg in first known injury from Kilauea volcano," 20 May 2018 Scientists said the steam clouds at the spots where lava entered the ocean were laced with hydrochloric acid and fine glass particles that can irrigate the skin and eyes and cause breathing problems. CBS News, "Lava from Hawaii volcano oozes into ocean, creating new toxic hazard," 21 May 2018 Backyard recyclers in places like India and Indonesia recover gold by bathing circuit boards in nitric and hydrochloric acid, thus poisoning waterways and communities. New York Times, "E-Waste Offers an Economic Opportunity as Well as Toxicity," 5 July 2018 The laze steam plume rising from the Pacific Ocean contains a mixture of hydrochloric acid gas along with small volcanic gas particles. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "See Lava From Hawaii's Volcano Spew Into the Ocean and Create Toxic 'Laze'," 21 May 2018 Laze, or lava haze, is hydrochloric acid mist formed by the action of lava on seawater. Temi Adebowale, Popular Mechanics, "Dramatic Video Shows What the Kilauea Volcano Has Done to Hawaii's Coastline," 15 June 2018

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1819, in the meaning defined above

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hydrochloric acid

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English Language Learners Definition of hydrochloric acid

chemistry : a strong acid that is used especially in scientific experiments and in manufacturing

hydrochloric acid

noun
hy·dro·chlo·ric acid | \ ˌhī-drə-ˈklȯr-ik- \

Kids Definition of hydrochloric acid

: a strong acid formed by dissolving in water a gas made up of hydrogen and chlorine

hydrochloric acid

noun
hy·dro·chlo·ric acid | \ ˌhī-drə-ˌklōr-ik-, -ˌklȯr- \

Medical Definition of hydrochloric acid 

: an aqueous solution of hydrogen chloride HCl that is a strong corrosive irritating acid, is normally present in dilute form in gastric juice, and is widely used in industry and in the laboratory

called also muriatic acid

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