nitric acid

noun

ni·​tric acid ˈnī-trik- How to pronounce nitric acid (audio)
: 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 According to the Arkansas Department of Transportation, the chemical involved in the train accident is nitric acid. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, arkansasonline.com, 17 June 2024 Perhaps the only realistic concern is that existing recycling technologies rely on nitric acid and can produce some toxic waste. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 4 June 2024 It was determined that a nitric acid spill caused the incident, police said. Rey Covarrubias Jr., The Arizona Republic, 21 June 2024 Arkansas 367 from McRae to the Bowman Road intersection in White County has reopened following a hazmat incident involving the Union Pacific Railroad and a train car hauling nitric acid that caught fire. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, arkansasonline.com, 17 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for nitric acid 

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Word History

Etymology

French nitrique, from nitre niter, from Middle French

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nitric acid was in 1788

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Cite this Entry

“Nitric acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nitric%20acid. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

nitric acid

noun
ˈnī-trik-
: a strong liquid nitrogen-containing acid used in making fertilizers, explosives, and dyes

Medical Definition

nitric acid

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

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