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aqua fortis

noun, Chemistry
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin: literally, strong water
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aqua fortis

/ˈfɔːtɪs/
noun
1.
an obsolete name for nitric acid
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, literally: strong water
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Word Origin and History for aqua fortis
n.

old name for "concentrated nitric acid," c.1600, Latin, literally "strong water;" see aqua- + fort. So called for its power of dissolving metals (copper, silver) unaffected by other agents.

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