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fuming nitric acid

noun
1.
a colorless, yellowish, or brownish fuming corrosive liquid, usually prepared from nitric acid by the addition of excess nitrogen dioxide: used in organic synthesis for nitration, and as an oxidizer in liquid propellants for rockets.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95
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  • fuming nitric acid acts more rapidly, but is disagreeable to handle.
  • fuming nitric acid is another powerful cleaning agent, but is disagreeable to handle.
  • The nitrate can be made insoluble in fuming nitric acid, and this technique has been used as a means of chemical separation.

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