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[kuh-roh-siv] /kəˈroʊ sɪv/
having the quality of corroding or eating away; erosive.
harmful or destructive; deleterious:
the corrosive effect of poverty on their marriage.
sharply sarcastic; caustic:
corrosive comments on the speaker's integrity.
something corrosive, as an acid or drug.
Origin of corrosive
late Middle English
1350-1400; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin corrōsīvus, equivalent to Latin corrōs(us) (see corrosion) + -īvus -ive; replacing Middle English corosif < Middle French < Latin as above
Related forms
corrosively, adverb
corrosiveness, corrosivity
[kawr-oh-siv-i-tee, kor-] /ˌkɔr oʊˈsɪv ɪ ti, ˌkɒr-/ (Show IPA),
noncorrosive, adjective
noncorrosively, adverb
noncorrosiveness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for corrosive
  • Many will pick up habits that have a corrosive cultural influence on those around them.
  • They hand-dip electrolytic plates into corrosive chemical solutions.
  • Hydrofluoric acid is in fact incredibly corrosive and dangerous.
  • It is best to avoid physical contact with oxalic acid as it is a harmful substance which is corrosive.
  • The word sounds retro, but its corrosive power lingers.
  • Rejecting with scorn his own youthful idealism, he embraced a corrosive scepticism which dissolved any ethical or moral claims.
  • The corrosive chemistry and dense, moving atmosphere cause significant surface weathering and erosion.
  • The fluid from the deep granite was so corrosive it ate the special well casings out within months.
  • Turns out the deep well hydro thermal water is highly corrosive.
  • Further evidence of the corrosive effect of the teachers' unions can be found in the prevalence of private schooling.
British Dictionary definitions for corrosive


(esp of acids or alkalis) capable of destroying solid materials
tending to eat away or consume
cutting; sarcastic: a corrosive remark
a corrosive substance, such as a strong acid or alkali
Derived Forms
corrosively, adverb
corrosiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for corrosive

late 14c., from Old French corrosif (13c.), from corroder (see corrode).

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corrosive in Medicine

corrosive cor·ro·sive (kə-rō'sĭv, -zĭv)
Causing or tending to cause the gradual destruction of a substance by chemical action. n.
A substance having the capability or tendency to cause slow destruction.

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