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.

Examples of sulfuric acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The muck is often contaminated with toxic metals or minerals that produce sulfuric acid when exposed to air. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Catastrophic failures raise alarm about dams containing muddy mine wastes," 20 Aug. 2020 The Zaclon property forms the original site of a plant established in 1866 by Eugene Grasselli, who supplied sulfuric acid to John D. Rockefeller’s nascent Standard Oil refinery along the nearby Kingsbury Run creek. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Bold idea for a riverfront park amid industrial plants on Cuyahoga River gains traction," 9 Aug. 2020 Below Venus's toxic clouds of sulfuric acid is an apocalyptic world, with temperatures hot enough to melt lead and pressures that could crush heavy machinery. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Model Suggests Toxic Transformation on Venus," 13 July 2020 Water only helps transform those molecules to sulfuric acid — that’s part of why your fingers will sometimes smell even worse after a quick rinse. Paul Stephen,, "Paul’s Cooking Tips: How to get garlic stink off your hands," 27 June 2020 The sulfur gets stripped from the fuel in the form of hydrogen sulfide, which is subsequently converted to solid sulfur, or sulfuric acid. Anton Alexandrovich Toutov, The Conversation, "Sulfur pollution from coal and gas is insanely bad – but a new chemistry innovation could clean it up," 23 Oct. 2019 From leeches and sulfuric acid to synthetic pigments, hair dye has been vital in helping people change their image for centuries. Delaney Strunk, CNN, "Settle in with these weekend reads," 3 Apr. 2020 Handziuk was 33 when a man threw sulfuric acid on her in front of her house in Kherson, a city in southern Ukraine, on July 31, 2018. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "As she was told to leave Ukraine, U.S. ambassador was honoring anti-corruption activist who died after acid attack," 15 Nov. 2019 When sulfuric acid was added to the mixture, water was forced under pressure onto the fire. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Little Wiz Fire Museum curator shares history of firefighting in Medina," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of sulfuric acid

1788, in the meaning defined above

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31 Aug 2020

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“Sulfuric acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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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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