sulfonic acid

noun

Definition of sulfonic acid

: any of numerous acids that contain the SO3H group and may be derived from sulfuric acid by replacement of a hydroxyl group by either an inorganic anion or a monovalent organic group

Examples of sulfonic acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two other chemicals, perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) and hexafluoropropylene oxide (HFPO) have been introduced as partial replacements for the ones listed above. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 15 June 2022 One of these, called PFOS, or perfluorooctane sulfonic acid — found at airports and military sites with histories of fire foam use — tends to build up in fish. Shantal Riley, Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2022 The spray’s formula, which includes hydrogen peroxide, citric acid, and alkylbenzene sulfonic acid, also meets the EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, 16 Sep. 2020 Perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, or PFOS, have been used in products ranging from carpets and nonstick pans to industrial processes and fire control. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sulfonic acid

1873, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jun 2022

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“Sulfonic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sulfonic%20acid. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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sulfonic acid

noun

Medical Definition of sulfonic acid

: any of numerous acids that contain the SO3H group and may be derived from sulfuric acid by replacement of a hydroxyl group by either an inorganic anion or a monovalent organic group

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