hydrofluoric acid

noun
hy·​dro·​flu·​or·​ic acid | \ˌhī-drō-ˈflȯr-ik, -ˈflu̇r- \

Definition of hydrofluoric acid 

: an aqueous solution of hydrogen fluoride HF that is a weak poisonous acid, that attacks silica and silicates, and that is used especially in finishing and etching glass

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1830, in the meaning defined above

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hydrofluoric acid

noun
hy·​dro·​flu·​or·​ic acid | \-ˌflu̇r-ik-, -ˌflōr-, -ˌflȯr-\

Medical Definition of hydrofluoric acid 

: an aqueous solution of hydrogen fluoride HF that is a weak poisonous acid, that resembles hydrochloric acid chemically but attacks silica and silicates, and that is used especially in finishing and etching glass

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