sul·​fu·​ric | \ ˌsəl-ˈfyu̇r-ik How to pronounce sulfuric (audio) \
variants: or chiefly British sulphuric

Definition of sulfuric

: of, relating to, or containing sulfur especially with a higher valence than sulfurous compounds sulfuric esters

Examples of sulfuric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Times obtained a copy of the threat sent from an individual who identified as a white, male, neo-Nazi fascist who alleges to have planted three titanium nitrite sulfuric bombs around the eastern and northern parts of campus. Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2022 The water's sulfuric content promises a restful, therapeutic experience — with lush gardens, towering palm trees, and charming bird chirps further transporting visitors to their state of Zen. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 20 Nov. 2021 This secret oasis is accessible via the Nahanni River, a multi-week paddle trail that weaves along dramatic canyons and thundering waterfalls, with a stop at these sulfuric hot springs. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 20 Nov. 2021 Also called bit noon, among other names, its color (which is actually more red than black) and eggy, sulfuric aroma comes from iron-sulfide. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 22 Oct. 2021 Local women flock here to dip in the sulfuric water, as it's believed to increase fertility. Lola Méndez, CNN, 16 June 2021 But last year, researchers discovered a potential sign of life — the element phosphine — on Venus (or more precisely, in Venus' thick, sulfuric atmosphere, which is acidic enough to dissolve a human body in minutes). Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 3 June 2021 The dense atmosphere shrouding Venus with toxic sulfuric yellow clouds has made the planet's surface difficult, but not impossible to peer through. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Mar. 2021 Visitors can explore hot turquoise pools, hissing sulfuric vents, and boiling mudpots from the safety of the trail. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 3 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of sulfuric

1788, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2022

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“Sulfuric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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variants: or chiefly British sulphuric \ ˌsəl-​ˈfyu̇(ə)r-​ik How to pronounce sulfuric (audio) \

Medical Definition of sulfuric

: of, relating to, or containing sulfur especially with a higher valence than sulfurous compounds sulfuric esters


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