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corrosive

[kuh-roh-siv] /kəˈroʊ sɪv/
adjective
1.
having the quality of corroding or eating away; erosive.
2.
harmful or destructive; deleterious:
the corrosive effect of poverty on their marriage.
3.
sharply sarcastic; caustic:
corrosive comments on the speaker's integrity.
noun
4.
something corrosive, as an acid or drug.
Origin of corrosive
late Middle English
1350-1400
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),
noun
noncorrosive, adjective
noncorrosively, adverb
noncorrosiveness, noun
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  • One of these bricks has already gone to pieces, being entirely disintegrated by the corrosive influence of the London atmosphere.

    Days and Nights in London J. Ewing Ritchie
  • Hers, if she ever had it, had been drenched in as ugly a lot of corrosive liquid as could be imagined.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • In each case the preliminary irrigation with the corrosive sublimate solution is dispensed with.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot Harry Caulton Reeks
  • The taste of it came on his lips, nauseating and corrosive like some kinds of poison.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • The protochloride of mercury likewise sublimes, but it does not undergo fusion first, as is the case with the corrosive sublimate.

British Dictionary definitions for corrosive

corrosive

/kəˈrəʊsɪv/
adjective
1.
(esp of acids or alkalis) capable of destroying solid materials
2.
tending to eat away or consume
3.
cutting; sarcastic: a corrosive remark
noun
4.
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
adj.

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)
adj.
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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