silver nitrate

noun

Definition of silver nitrate

: an irritant compound AgNO3 that in contact with organic matter turns black and is used as a chemical reagent, in photography, and in medicine especially as an antiseptic and caustic

Examples of silver nitrate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Barrow agreed and immediately crossed Ruth’s name off the lineup card, sending him home with the doctor, who liberally swabbed his throat with a caustic compound of silver nitrate, probably a 10 percent solution, to ill effect. Randy Roberts And Johnny Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Apr. 2020 Ruth came down with the Spanish flu in mid May after a day at Revere Beach and was laid up for almost two weeks because a doctor overtreated his throat with silver nitrate. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 29 Mar. 2020 The negatives were turned into prints using paper that was coated with ammonium and fermented egg white, or albumen, and sensitized with silver nitrate. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, 12 Aug. 2019 By the end of the 1700s, scientists had realized that silver chloride and silver nitrate would darken when exposed to light, a photochemical effect that would soon make photography possible. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 12 June 2019 One section, made of silver nitrate and covered by wax, forms the cathode. Nathan Hurst, Smithsonian, 30 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of silver nitrate

1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Silver nitrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silver%20nitrate. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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silver nitrate

noun

Medical Definition of silver nitrate

: an irritant compound AgNO3 that in contact with organic matter turns black and is used as a chemical reagent, in photography, and in medicine especially as an antiseptic and caustic

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