adjective Chemistry.
containing nitrogen, usually in the pentavalent state.
of or pertaining to niter.

1785–95; nitr- + -ic, modeled on French nitrique

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nitric (ˈnaɪtrɪk)
of or containing nitrogen, esp in the pentavalent state

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nitric   (nī'trĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
Containing nitrogen, especially nitrogen with a valence of 5. Compare nitrous.
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Example sentences
Acid rain describes any form of precipitation with high levels of nitric and
  sulfuric acids.
Nitrogen oxides react in the atmosphere to create nitric acid, which collects
  in clouds and water droplets and falls as acid rain.
These bacteria set the normal basal nitric oxide level by oxidizing the ammonia
  in sweat into nitric oxide and nitrite.
Alterations in nitric oxide physiology can have a profound effect on brain
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