sulfur dioxide

noun
Updated on: 22 Jan 2018

Definition of sulfur dioxide

: a heavy pungent toxic gas SO2 that is easily condensed to a colorless liquid, is used especially in making sulfuric acid, in bleaching, as a preservative, and as a refrigerant, and is a major air pollutant especially in industrial areas

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First Known Use of sulfur dioxide

1869


SULFUR DIOXIDE Defined for English Language Learners

sulfur dioxide

noun

Definition of sulfur dioxide for English Language Learners

  • chemistry : a gas that has a strong smell, that is used in many industries, and that contributes to air pollution


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sulfur dioxide

noun

medical Definition of sulfur dioxide

: a heavy pungent toxic gas SO2 that is easily condensed to a colorless liquid, is used especially in making sulfuric acid, in bleaching, as a preservative, and as a refrigerant, and is a major air pollutant especially in industrial areas

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