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ferric

[fer-ik] /ˈfɛr ɪk/
adjective, Chemistry
1.
of or containing iron, especially in the trivalent state.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < Latin ferr(um) iron + -ic
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Examples from the web for ferric
  • In order to live and grow they oxidise dissolved iron in the water, producing ferric oxide.
  • There are two forms of supplemental iron: ferrous and ferric.
  • Citrine has ferric impurities, and is rarely found naturally.
British Dictionary definitions for ferric

ferric

/ˈfɛrɪk/
adjective
1.
of or containing iron in the trivalent state: ferric oxide; designating an iron (III) compound
Word Origin
C18: from Latin ferrum iron
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Word Origin and History for ferric
adj.

1799, from Latin ferrum "iron" (see ferro-) + -ic. Of iron, especially with a valence of three.

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ferric in Medicine

ferric fer·ric (fěr'ĭk)
adj.
Of, relating to, or containing iron, especially with a valence of 3 or a valence higher than in a corresponding ferrous compound.

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ferric in Science
ferric
  (fěr'ĭk)   
Containing iron, especially iron with a valence of 3. Compare ferrous.
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