nitric acid

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noun ni·tric acid \ˈnī-trik-\

Definition of nitric acid

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

Origin and Etymology of nitric acid

French nitrique, from nitre niter, from Medieval French


First Known Use: 1788


NITRIC ACID Defined for English Language Learners

nitric acid

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noun ni·tric acid \ˈnī-trik-\

Definition of nitric acid for English Language Learners

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


NITRIC ACID Defined for Kids

nitric acid

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noun ni·tric acid \ˈnī-trik-\

Definition of nitric acid for Students

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


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nitric acid

noun ni·tric acid

Medical Definition of nitric acid

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


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