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

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One section, made of silver nitrate and covered by wax, forms the cathode. Nathan Hurst, Smithsonian, "This Spit-Powered Biobattery Is Made From a Single Sheet of Paper," 30 Jan. 2017

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1833, in the meaning defined above

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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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