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: a sour substance
specifically : any of various typically water-soluble and sour compounds that in solution are capable of reacting with a base (see base entry 1 sense 6a) to form a salt, redden litmus, and have a pH less than 7, that are hydrogen-containing molecules or ions able to give up a proton to a base, or that are substances able to accept an unshared pair of electrons from a base
: sour, sharp, or biting to the taste
an acid flavor
: sharp, biting, or sour in manner, disposition, or nature
an acid individual
an acid personality
: sharply clear, discerning, or pointed
an acid wit
: piercingly intense and often jarring
: of, relating to, or being an acid
also : having the reactions or characteristics of an acid
an acid solution
of salts and esters : derived by partial exchange of replaceable hydrogen
acid sodium carbonate NaHCO3
: containing or involving the use of an acid (as in manufacture)
an acid bath
: marked by or resulting from an abnormally high concentration of acid
: relating to or made by a process in which the furnace is lined with acidic material and an acidic slag is used
: rich in silica
Noun the acids in your stomach the kinds of acid found in your stomach Adjective He washes his windows with an acid solution of vinegar and water. with her acid personality, my aunt could be relied upon to bring some much-needed balance to the holiday gush
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NounFermentation is a chemical process during which starches or sugars are converted into an alcohol or acid, via enzymes from some type of microorganism. —Melanie Rud, SELF, 16 Mar. 2023 Meanwhile, compostable options featuring polylactic acid (PLA) and polybutylene adipate terephthalate (PBAT) are generally in tea bags, magazine wrappings, and coffee cup lids. —Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 14 Mar. 2023 Mashed potatoes are one of my favorite comfort foods, and the sausage/apple/onion mixture is a nice combination of sweet and savory, with a bit of acid from the vinegar for balance. —Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 10 Mar. 2023 Return to menu One of my favorite ways to perk up a bland dish is with a splash of acid. —Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2023 Doctors already prescribe the drug, known chemically as bempedoic acid, to be used together with a statin to help certain high-risk patients further lower their cholesterol. —Lauran Neergaard, ajc, 4 Mar. 2023 In one nail-biting scene, Maurice takes an inflatable raft out on a sulfuric acid lake in Indonesia but quickly abandons his mission as acid starts chewing through the boat. —Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 9 Feb. 2023 Looking at mouse, pig, and human hearts, the researchers found that valproic acid promotes the activity of a gene called IRG1, which produces a substance called itaconate that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. —Elaine Chen, STAT, 8 Feb. 2023 Sandoval whips in pickled mustards, adding texture and tiny pops of acid. —Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2023
AdjectiveIn the years since, Carey has continued to mine this neo-modernist vein, adding splashes of acid color to her initially sober palette, smearing and stretching the Polaroid chemistry to unique effect. —Chris Wiley, The New Yorker, 13 Feb. 2023 In the trailer, the singer wears an acid green fur coat from AREA's fall winter 2022 runway. —Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Jan. 2023 One is a large vertical composition from the early 1960s that depicts a swimming beach in Maine with pine trees and puffy clouds rising beyond a crescent of purple sand that edges a cove painted in jarringly acid tones of yellow-green and turquoise. —Steven Litt, cleveland, 8 Jan. 2023 The cafe is a project of the Chhanv Foundation, a nonprofit organization in India working for the rehabilitation of acid attack survivors. —Saqib Mugloo, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Feb. 2023 For the person who is ready for morning 5Ks around their neighborhood, the Adidas Supernova+ running shoes in black and acid red are marked down to under $100. —Elizabeth Djinis, SELF, 15 July 2022 Successful treatments may be due to enzymatic, polyphenolic, or acid deodorization. —Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 16 Apr. 2017 Night sweats have been observed as a manifestation to the burning sensation of acid reflux, according to a 2020 study. —Women's Health, 2 Feb. 2023 In 2018, elevated levels of the cancer causing compound NDMA were found in drugs used to control high blood pressure, heart failure, heartburn, acid reflux as well as diabetes. —Jen Christensen, CNN, 19 Jan. 2023 See More
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