nitric acid

noun (1)
ni·​tric acid | \ ˈnī-trik- How to pronounce nitric acid (audio) \

Definition of nitric acid

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: a corrosive liquid inorganic acid HNO3 used especially as an oxidizing agent, in nitrations, and in making organic compounds (such as fertilizers, explosives, and dyes)

nitric oxide

noun (2)

Definition of nitric oxide (Entry 2 of 4)

: a colorless poisonous gas NO formed by oxidation of nitrogen or ammonia that is present in the atmosphere and also in mammals where it is synthesized from arginine and oxygen and acts as a vasodilator and as a mediator of cell-to-cell communication (as between nerve cells) — compare nitrous oxide

fuming nitric acid

noun (3)

Definition of fuming nitric acid (Entry 3 of 4)

: concentrated nitric acid containing dissolved nitrogen oxides prepared as either a colorless to pale yellow or a red to brown corrosive poisonous liquid and used especially as a nitrating agent and as a powerful oxidizing agent (as in rocket propellants)

nitric anhydride

noun (4)

Definition of nitric anhydride (Entry 4 of 4)

First Known Use of nitric acid

Noun (1)

1788, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1789, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nitric acid

Noun (1)

French nitrique, from nitre niter, from Middle French

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The first known use of nitric acid was in 1788

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nitric acid

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English Language Learners Definition of nitric acid

: a strong acid that contains nitrogen and that is used in making fertilizers, explosives, etc.

nitric acid

noun
ni·​tric acid | \ ˈnī-trik- How to pronounce nitric acid (audio) \

Kids Definition of nitric acid

: a strong liquid acid that contains hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen and is used in making fertilizers, explosives, and dyes

nitric acid

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Medical Definition of nitric acid

: a corrosive liquid inorganic acid HNO3 used especially as an oxidizing agent, in nitrations, and in making organic compounds

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