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 An equipment seal failure allowed the release of 26 pounds of sulfuric acid,1 pound of nitrobenzene and 22 pounds of benzene to be released in both vapor and liquid form. Mark Schleifstein,, "A look at the 25 Rubicon accidental releases over 10 years that potentially exposed 130 workers," 3 Jan. 2021 Rather, the coloration comes from high quantities of sulfuric gas emerging with the lava. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | MASTERSON ONLINE: A stunning world," 5 Sep. 2020 The scene with the wildest set for me was when Mulan meets one-on-one with the witch, Xian Lang, in these sort of thermal, sulfuric pools. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Location: How 'Mulan' Combines the Dramatic Landscapes of China and New Zealand," 4 Sep. 2020 Stainless steel, magically enough, can bond with those sulfuric elements. Paul Stephen,, "Paul’s Cooking Tips: How to get garlic stink off your hands," 27 June 2020 In the late 1800s, White Springs was the state’s hot vacation destination as visitors sought the restorative qualities of its sulfuric springs. Julie Creswell, New York Times, "Where Mermaids Play, a Nasty Water Fight," 8 Mar. 2020 On 22 June, Russia’s Raikoke volcano blasted ash and sulfuric gas 17 kilometers into the stratosphere. Alex Fox, Science | AAAS, "This sulfur-spewing Russian volcano is turning sunsets purple," 13 Sep. 2019 Authorities already had closed a long stretch of Highway 130, one of the main arteries through Puna, because of the threat of sulfuric gas. Washington Post, "Quakes, lava and gas: Hawaii residents flee volcanic threats," 5 May 2018 The fluffy-robed, petal-scented beautifiers, and the sulfuric science labs that open airways, clear orifices, aid ailments and generally get stuff done. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Barcelona," 4 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sulfuric

1788, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2021

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“Sulfuric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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