sulfuric acid

noun

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.

Examples of sulfuric acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The entire planet is shielded from view by a cloudy blanket of deadly sulfuric acid particles. Chris Wright, Wired, 4 Aug. 2021 The chemicals involved included hypochlorite solution and 35% sulfuric acid, officials said. Chron, 17 July 2021 After evacuating the park and conducting preliminary tests of the air and water, investigators found the water had a chemical combination of 35% sulfuric acid and 10-13% bleach, Scott Seifert, the chief of Spring Texas Fire, told reporters. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, 18 July 2021 The chemicals involved included hypochlorite solution and 35% sulfuric acid, officials said. Chron, 17 July 2021 Taxes on many other common chemicals, such as chlorine, ammonia, phosphorus, hydrogen fluoride and sulfuric acid, would also be imposed. Philip Elliott, Time, 11 Aug. 2021 Petkowski’s team also wrote that the atmospheric concentration of sulfuric acid likely wouldn’t produce phosphine at all. Katrina Miller, Wired, 14 July 2021 The chemicals involved included hypochlorite solution and 35% sulfuric acid, officials said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 July 2021 The planet with a furnace-like surface and clouds made of sulfuric acid, the one that shows up in our night sky as a golden jewel, and that helped prove the theory that the sun, not Earth, was at the center of the solar system. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 18 July 2021

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First Known Use of sulfuric acid

1788, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sulfuric acid was in 1788

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13 Sep 2021

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“Sulfuric acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sulfuric%20acid. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for sulfuric acid

sulfuric acid

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sulfuric acid

: a very strong type of acid

sulfuric acid

noun

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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