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boric acid

noun
1.
Also called orthoboric acid. Chemistry, Pharmacology. a white, crystalline acid, H 3 BO 3 , occurring in nature or prepared from borax: used chiefly in the manufacture of ceramics, cements, glass, and enamels, for fireproofing, and in medicine in aqueous solution as a mild antiseptic.
2.
Chemistry. any of a group of acids containing boron.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70
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boric acid

noun
1.
Also called orthoboric acid. a white soluble weakly acid crystalline solid used in the manufacture of heat-resistant glass and porcelain enamels, as a fireproofing material, and as a mild antiseptic. Formula: H3BO3 Systematic name trioxoboric(III) acid
2.
any other acid containing boron
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boric acid bo·ric acid (bôr'ĭk)
n.
A water-soluble white or colorless crystalline compound used as an antiseptic and preservative.

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boric acid
  (bôr'ĭk)   
A white or colorless crystalline compound that occurs naturally or is produced artificially from borax. It is used as an antiseptic and preservative, and in cements, enamels, and cosmetics. Chemical formula: H3BO3.
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