picric acid

pic·​ric acid | \ ˈpi-krik- How to pronounce picric acid (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web The Mont-Blanc was packed full of TNT, picric acid, gun cotton and aircraft fuel. Stephen Maher, chicagotribune.com, "'The Great Halifax Explosion': A tragedy deftly retold," 21 Dec. 2017 Experiments with a compound called TNP (2,4,6-trinitrophenol, also known as picric acid), which researchers often use to study obesity and diabetes, show that in mice the therapy can promote the formation of new bone. Giorgia Guglielmi, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: A newly found black hole, water-cooling solar panels, and a bone-strengthening therapy," 8 Sep. 2017 Mustard gas, picric acid, and TNT—all organic molecules—made for unimaginably destructive weapons. Rebecca Altman, The Atlantic, "How the Benzene Tree Polluted the World," 4 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of picric acid

circa 1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Picric acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picric%20acid. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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picric acid

pic·​ric acid | \ ˌpik-rik- How to pronounce picric acid (audio) \

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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