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hydrogen fluoride

a colorless corrosive gas, HF, the anhydride of hydrofluoric acid, used chiefly as a catalyst and in the fluorination of hydrocarbons.
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1905-10 Unabridged
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  • Chemical toxins are released from geothermal plants as well, such as hydrogen fluoride.
  • hydrogen fluoride is a well known, potent greenhouse gas, and is a side effect of exposing uranium hexafluoride to air.
  • hydrogen fluoride has a number of industrial uses throughout the country.
  • Liquid hydrogen fluoride is fed from one of two storage vessels and heated to a gaseous state in a vaporizer.
  • Other principal volcanic gases include hydrogen sulfide, hydrogen chloride, and hydrogen fluoride.
  • hydrogen fluoride is used in the production of other compounds, including pharmaceuticals and polymers.
  • Mixtures with concentrated sulfuric acid can evolve toxic hydrogen fluoride gas.
British Dictionary definitions for hydrogen fluoride

hydrogen fluoride

a colourless poisonous corrosive gas or liquid made by reaction between calcium fluoride and sulphuric acid: used as a fluorinating agent and catalyst. Formula: HF
an aqueous solution of hydrogen fluoride; hydrofluoric acid
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hydrogen fluoride  
A corrosive compound that exists as a colorless, fuming liquid or a highly soluble gas. Hydrogen fluoride is used as a reagent, catalyst, and fluorinating agent, in the refining of uranium, and in making many fluorine compounds. An aqueous solution of hydrogen fluoride is called hydrofluoric acid. Chemical formula: HF.
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