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nitric

[nahy-trik] /ˈnaɪ trɪk/
adjective, Chemistry
1.
containing nitrogen, usually in the pentavalent state.
2.
of or relating to niter.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; nitr- + -ic, modeled on French nitrique
Related forms
nonnitric, adjective
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nitric

/ˈnaɪtrɪk/
adjective
1.
of or containing nitrogen, esp in the pentavalent state
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nitric

adj.

1794, originally in reference to acid obtained initially from distillation of saltpeter; see nitre + -ic. Perhaps immediately from French nitrique. Known as aqua fortis, later acid spirit of nitre, then nitric acid. (1787) under the system ordered by Lavoisier.

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nitric
  (nī'trĭk)   
Containing nitrogen, especially nitrogen with a valence of 5. Compare nitrous.
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