containing tetravalent carbon, as carbonic acid, H 2 CO 3 .

1785–95; carbon + -ic Unabridged
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carbonic (kɑːˈbɒnɪk)
(of a compound) containing carbon, esp tetravalent carbon

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Example sentences
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.
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