sulfuric acid


Definition of sulfuric acid

: a heavy corrosive oily dibasic strong acid H2SO4 that is colorless when pure and is a vigorous oxidizing and dehydrating agent

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Is it sulfur or sulphur?: Usage Guide

The spelling sulfur predominates in U.S. technical usage, while both sulfur and sulphur are common in general usage. British usage tends to favor sulphur for all applications. The same pattern is seen in most of the words derived from sulfur.

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Hundreds of gallons of sulfuric acid were dumped in large drums along an all-but desolate stretch of road in northwest Harris County, officials said. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Who is dumping barrels of sulfuric acid near Cypress?," 24 July 2019 In February, a truck owned by a Glencore contractor in the Congo crashed and spilled sulfuric acid on two vehicles, killing about 20 people. Alistair Macdonald, WSJ, "Congo Mine Collapse Kills at Least 19, Glencore Says," 27 June 2019 In 2016, under previous owner American Proteins, the facility caused a significant fish kill after dumping an estimated 900 gallons of sulfuric acid and stormwater into the river. Dennis Pillion |,, "Wastewater spill wipes out 175,000 fish north of Birmingham," 14 June 2019 Acid rain describes any form of precipitation that contains high levels of nitric and sulfuric acids. National Geographic, "Acid rain, explained," 12 June 2019 Once Earth’s twin, today Venus is a hellish abode where surface temperatures reach more than 400 °C, atmospheric pressures slam down with enough force to crush heavy machinery and clouds of sulfuric acid blow through the sky. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Venus, Earth’s Evil Twin, Beckons Space Agencies," 12 June 2019 Like Andreas Christopheros, a 33-year-old man in the United Kingdom who was severely disfigured in a random sulfuric acid attack. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Nonprofit Face Forward Changes the Lives of Domestic Violence Survivors With Free Plastic Surgery," 26 Mar. 2019 The vog's sulfuric acid droplets would fall, too -- thus, acid rain. Jason Hanna, CNN, "Volcanic ashes. Acid rain. And now massive boulders? All the calamities Hawaii is facing," 10 May 2018 Additionally, Venus’s atmosphere is mainly carbon dioxide and thick clouds of sulfuric acid cover the entire planet. Fox News, "NASA eyes stunning 'cloud city' airship concept to explore Venus," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of sulfuric acid

1788, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sulfuric acid

chemistry : a very strong type of acid

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Medical Definition of sulfuric acid

: a heavy corrosive oily dibasic strong acid H2SO4 that is colorless when pure and is a vigorous oxidizing and dehydrating agent — see oil of vitriol

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