nitric acid

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

Definition of nitric acid

: 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)

Examples of nitric acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Authorities suspect the nitric acid was the source of the fire. Washington Post, 2 June 2021 The two men conducted a test with nitric acid and satisfied themselves that the find was genuine. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 Investigations into what caused the fire are ongoing, but the boat had one container of nitric acid -- a highly toxic chemical used to make fertilizers -- that was leaking. Helen Regan And Chandler Thornton, CNN, 24 July 2021 The Sri Lankan navy believes the blaze was caused by its chemical cargo, which included 25 tons of nitric acid and other chemicals, most of which were destroyed in the fire. NBC News, 17 June 2021 After arriving to the scene, personnel determined that one of the leaking drums contained a mix of hydrofluoric acid, nitric acid and chromium, DEEP said. Jessika Harkay, courant.com, 16 Aug. 2021 Some of the nitrogen tetroxide appears to have permeated through Teflon seals and interacted with moisture on the other side to produce nitric acid, Mr. Vollmer said. New York Times, 13 Aug. 2021 The ship was holding hazardous chemicals such as nitric acid, sodium methoxide and methanol. Washington Post, 22 June 2021 According to the Division of Emergency Management, the tractor-trailer was carrying nitric acid and 10 gallons of diesel. The Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, 9 July 2021

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First Known Use of nitric acid

1788, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nitric acid

French nitrique, from nitre niter, from Middle French

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“Nitric acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nitric%20acid. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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nitric acid

noun

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

noun

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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