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carbonic

[kahr-bon-ik] /kɑrˈbɒn ɪk/
adjective
1.
containing tetravalent carbon, as carbonic acid, H 2 CO 3 .
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; carbon + -ic
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Examples from the web for carbonic
  • carbonic acid is especially effective at dissolving limestone.
  • Dissolved in the ocean, it forms carbonic acid which dissolved the calcium shells of oxygen producing phytoplankton.
  • carbonic acid should never be confused with carbolic acid, an antiquated name for phenol.
  • carbonic acid also plays a very important role as a buffer in mammalian blood.
  • The carbonic acid that remained was characterized by infrared spectroscopy.
  • carbonic acid reacts with weathered rock to produce bicarbonate ions.
British Dictionary definitions for carbonic

carbonic

/kɑːˈbɒnɪk/
adjective
1.
(of a compound) containing carbon, esp tetravalent carbon
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