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hydrochloric acid

a colorless or faintly yellow, corrosive, fuming liquid, HCl, used chiefly in chemical and industrial processes.
Origin of hydrochloric acid
1825-35 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hydrochloric acid
  • With the filed pennies in a plastic cup, the next task is to pour a few ounces of hydrochloric acid over them.
  • It secretes hydrochloric acid and many digestive enzymes.
  • It is not that hydrochloric acid is actually toxic: it is one of those frank enemies that come at you shouting from a distance.
  • Then solutions of hydrochloric acid and saline are administered separately into the esophagus.
  • In fact, compared with hydrochloric acid or sulfuric acid, it is actually weak.
  • In fact, one of them is the same hydrochloric acid that goes to work on the food in your stomach.
  • If you add some hydrochloric acid this will add more hydrogen ions.
British Dictionary definitions for hydrochloric acid

hydrochloric acid

the colourless or slightly yellow aqueous solution of hydrogen chloride: a strong acid used in many industrial and laboratory processes Formerly called muriatic acid
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hydrochloric acid in Medicine

hydrochloric acid hy·dro·chlo·ric acid (hī'drə-klôr'ĭk)
A clear, colorless, fuming, poisonous, highly acidic aqueous solution of hydrogen chloride, normally present in a dilute form in gastric juice, and used in a variety of laboratory processes.

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hydrochloric acid in Science
hydrochloric acid
A solution of hydrogen chloride in water, forming a very strong, poisonous, corrosive acid with a sharp odor. It is used in food processing, metal cleaning, and dyeing. Small amounts of hydrochloric acid are also secreted by the stomachs of animals for digestion. Also called muriatic acid.
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