picric acid

noun pic·ric acid \ ˈpi-krik- \

Definition of picric acid

: a toxic yellow crystalline phenol derivative C6H3N3O7 structurally similar to TNT and used especially as a high explosive and as a dye or mordant

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picric acid

noun pic·ric acid \ ˌpik-rik- \

medical Definition of picric acid

: a bitter toxic explosive yellow crystalline strong acid C6H3N3O7 used especially as a dye or biological stain, as an antiseptic, and as a precipitant for organic bases and polycyclic hydrocarbons called also trinitrophenol

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